To promote food security through research and education taking into consideration the many intricacies of providing sufficient and nutritious food to the country’s population


A national center of excellence in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and training on food and nutrition security. It will be identified as a national leader in human resource development, research, policy advocacy, capacity building, and knowledge management in the country’s national food and nutrition security


  1. Expand knowledge base on food and nutrition security
  2. Create awareness on food and nutrition security issues and challenges
  3. Empower research and development institutions on food and nutrition security
  4. Advocate policy reforms to achieve food and nutrition security


  1. Generate knowledge and technologies through multidisciplinary approaches in research
  2. Create a platform for continuing discussion and consultation on food and nutrition security issues and challenges in the Philippines
  3. Mainstream food and nutrition security in curricular programs in UPLB and HEIs.
  4. Formulate and advocate policies and information that promote food and nutrition security
  5. Strengthen programs on food and nutrition security and safety with the participation of other stakeholders 

Thematic Programs

Production and post-production system

  • Sustainable food production
  • Agricultural innovation

Nutrition and food safety program

  • Food product quality and safety
  • Food and nutrition interventions

Trade and distribution system

  • Socioeconomics and market research
  • Policy research and advocacy
  • Health and nutrition assessment

Knowledge management

  • Capacity building
  • Food security communication and early warning system
  • Food security education
  • Governance of food and nutrition systems 


The ISCFNS is a center “without walls”. Its operation is carried out by an interdisciplinary group headed by a chair with members coming from various disciplines across UPLB’s colleges and schools. It is supported by a seed fund from the UPLB administration that may be tapped through grants from research and development-oriented institutions. An advisory board created for guidance in program and direction setting consists of five members drawn from sectors representing the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the industry, and the academe.


  1. National symposium/workshop/seminar series
  2. International symposia
  3. Synthesis and meta-analysis of food and nutrition security/safety researches
  4. Website development
  5. Publication of workshop/symposium output and IEC materials
  6. Policy fora 


Room 313, Crop Science Cluster
Agronomy, Soils and Horticulture (ASH) Building
College of Agriculture
University of the Philippines Los Baños
College, Laguna 4031, Philippines

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Tele/fax: (+63) 49 501-6649