Inaugural COST, NATO food security meeting success, future collaboration planned
The recent inaugural strategic expert meeting between the European Cooperation in Science and Technology programme (COST) and NATO's Science for Peace and Security programme (SPS) concerning food security laid the foundations for further cooperation between the two bodies. Forty-five participants from 15 countries attended the first ever meeting to assess the current security and safety levels of the European food and water supply chain. Both COST and SPS have well-established research policies concerning food security issues, and the meeting was seen as an opportunity to discuss any gaps in research as well as areas for improved cooperation.
Attendees to the conference felt that it was a positive first step towards further collaboration.
“One of the main achievements of this meeting is the fact
that for the first time COST experts and NATO specialists in
the field met directly in an organised frame to discuss the
topic. This is a significant success,” said Dr Deniz Betten
from NATO Headquarters.