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Cambridge University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security

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SAVE THE DATE: 23-25 June 2016

The Cambridge Conference on Global Food Security will take place on 23-25 June 2016. We will explore how to translate knowledge into action to secure future food supply, sustainability and equality. We aim to cover the most exciting developments, and identify the most pressing knowledge gaps, across a wide range of different research fields, seeking bridges across some of the fault-lines in Global Food Security debate. More information coming soon.

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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RSS Feed Latest news

World Food Programme at the Paris Climate Conference

Nov 30, 2015

Among the most significant impacts of climate change is the potential increase of food insecurity and malnutrition.

Changing Climate, Changing Diets: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption

Nov 26, 2015

Reducing global meat consumption will be critical to keeping global warming below the ‘danger level’ of two degrees Celsius, the main goal of the upcoming climate negotiations in Paris.

Preventing famine with mobile phones

Nov 20, 2015

With a mobile data collection app and satellite data, scientists will be able to predict whether a certain region is vulnerable to food shortages and malnutrition. The method has now been tested in the Central African Republic.

2015 Global Hunger Index (GHI)

Oct 24, 2015

The 2015 Global Hunger Index has recently been launched

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Food security news from around the world


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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