Scientific knowledge base and data platform for modelling SHARP diets

Project leader: Prof Pieter van ‘t Veer
Time frame: 2016 – 2019
Project code: 15SD01
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Supplying a growing population with sufficient food is one of the world’s major challenges. It is estimated that the world food production needs to increase at a rate of 1.2% per year to realise adequate diets for all people. Adequate in this sense means that the diet fulfils nutrient and energy requirements for healthy growing and ageing. At the same time, the supply of the basic foods composing a healthy diet should be sustainable, safe and accessible for all people. The overall aim of the project is to provide a scientifically underpinned knowledge and data platform that can be used to build models for deriving SHARP diets for European citizens, i.e. diets that are SHARP: Sustainable, Healthy, Affordable, Reliable and Preferable.

Key objectives

  • Identification of SHARP indicators and an evaluation of their scientific quality
  • Development of a theoretical mathematical model for defining SHARP diets

Main deliverables

  • Insight on the availability and quality of existing databases
  • A database with SHARP indicators
  • A mathematical basis of the SHARP diet model, illustrated with food survey data

In January 2020 a project symposiumis held. You can find a summary here.