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Cambridge Global Food Security

A Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge

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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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Cambridge launches its Sustainable Food Policy

Feb 22, 2017

In February 2017 the University launched a new Sustainable Food Policy, setting out our intentions to minimise the impact of our catering operations on the environment, and to promote sustainable practices and consumption.

Unlocking Crop Diversity by Manipulating Plant Sex

Feb 21, 2017

Cambridge researchers have discovered a key gene that influences genetic recombination in wild plant populations. Adding extra copies of this gene resulted in a massive boost to recombination and diversity in plant offspring. This finding could enable plant breeders to unlock crop variation, improve harvests and help ensure future food security.

January 2017: Meet Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser

Feb 16, 2017

Appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours List, Ottoline Leyser talks about her research in plant developmental biology, its importance to global food security, and the legacy she hopes to leave for future generations.

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Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science.

Cambridge Global Food Security is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge. We promote an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of ensuring all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life. 

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Upcoming events

Tackling Climate Change: In it for the Long Run

Jan 26, 2017

Plumb Auditorium, Christ's College, St. Andrew's Street, University of Cambridge, CB2 3BU

Fruit and Vegetable Waste Valorisation Funding Workshop

Feb 28, 2017

Metropole Hotel, Birmingham NEC, Pendingo Way, B40 1PP

Pathways to Impact Workshop

Feb 28, 2017

Training Room, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Euro Global Summit on Food and Beverages

Mar 02, 2017

Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport, Rijnlanderweg 800 Hoofddorp, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2132 NN

Food & Health Forum: Technology & Innovations in Food and Health

Mar 07, 2017

Royal Society of Medicine 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE

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