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Cambridge University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security

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Global Food Security Cambridge Symposium 2015

Global Food Security Cambridge Symposium on Wednesday 8th July 2015

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Plant Biology

Understanding Plant development; Hybrid vigour; Photosynthesis to breed high-yielding crops in changing climates

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Food Landscapes

Biodiversity; Land-sparing; Water and ecosystems services; Soil management

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Infectious Diseases

Control of plant disease; Influenza-resistant strains of poultry; Food-borne zoonoses

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Modelling for Food Security

Predicting future demands for energy, land, water; Consequences of competing demands on land and sea for food, biodiversity, water, energy, climate stability

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Political Economy of Hunger and Food Supply

Drawing lessons from historical analyses of famine; Role of political structures in production & distribution of food; Archaeological & anthropological evidence for innovation

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Global Governance

BRIC countries; international politics; rising powers; World Trade Organization

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Land Resources and Regulatory Influences

Regulatory framework for land and development; Economics of land use change; Impact of demographic &climate change on future policy drivers

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Supply Chains

Innovation in food supply; Evaluating how food crises are driven by environmental, demographic, economic or political factors

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Food and Health

Metabolism; Improving nutrition; Reducing diet-related disease

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Redesigning photosynthesis for food security

Jul 29, 2015

In order to secure the increases in yield so vital if we are to feed an increasingly populated planet, every possibility to improve photosynthetic efficiency is needed. A fascinating and exciting new paper, conceived at the “Redesigning Photosynthesis–Identifying Opportunities and Novel Ideas” workshop, addresses these possibilities, and reads like a to-do list from some of the best minds in this field. The prospect of fast advances in the new field of synthetic biology means that much more complex ideas, involving the movement or alteration of many genes, are looking more and more feasible.

Perspective: Farming Fish Oils

Jul 27, 2015

Most people know that oily fish are good for you; the omega-3 fish oils which they contain have been shown to have numerous health benefits, not least in keeping your heart healthy. Yet do you know where those ‘fish’ oils come from?

Lactic acid-producing bacterium could reduce harmful food contamination

Jul 22, 2015

A new paper has potential to reduce contamination of food by harmful bacteria - using harmless bacteria biofilms.

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Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science. The University of Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative in Global Food Security aims to integrate research ongoing across the various university Schools and Departments, to improve our understanding of the challenges of food security, and to develop solutions. Nine main themes have been identified and these can be seen below.

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