Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Research (ILVO)

Who are they?

From farm to fork… from science to spoon… The Flanders Research Institute for agriculture, fisheries and food (ILVO) performs multidisciplinary, innovative and independent research aimed at economically, ecologically and socially sustainable agriculture and fisheries. Through this research, ILVO accumulates fundamental and applied knowledge which is vital for the improvement of products and production methods for quality control and the safety of end products, and for the amelioration of policy instruments as a foundation for sector development and agricultural policy for rural areas.

To perform its’ research and to be able to support policy and to address sector-driven questions, ILVO has a large infrastructure. Customers from industry and research institutes can test new food and feed process techniques and monitor the food quality and safety in the renewed Food Pilot processing plant ( Furthermore, ILVO has 200 hectares of experimental fields, 15,000 m2 of glasshouses and more than 20,000 m2 of experimental animal housing, many analysis and detection labs, a diagnostic center, and accredited laboratories for food and GMOs, plants, animal feed and spray technology; and several advice centers for the whole agrifood chain. 

How are they involved in SUSFOOD?
ILVO has been an active member since the SUSFOOD initiative started in 2011. In SUSFOOD2, ILVO is deputy coordinator and actively contributes in nearly all the Work Packages. As WP5 lead (Communication, exploitation and dissemination of results), ILVO is responsible of all communication and dissemination activities. Furthermore, ILVO takes up several tasks in WP4 (Follow-up, monitoring and impact assessment of projects), WP6 (Strategies for impact on sustainable food production and consumption) and WP8 (Promoting networking, information exchange and international outreach).
Who is involved: Marijke Hunninck, Katrien Broekaert and Hendrik De Ruyck