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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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State of Food and Agriculture 2016

Oct 21, 2016

FAO's latest flagship report urges adoption of climate smart practices

Cambridge attends N8 Agrifood Launch, Manchester

Jun 28, 2016

“Food security isn’t just about feeding the poorest in the developing world, it’s also about our own food systems in the developed world.” Professor Tim Benton, UK Chamption for Global Food Security, speaks at the N8 Launch.

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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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Engineering and Technology Innovation for Global Food Security

Oct 24, 2016

Cape Town, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Speed Networking

Oct 27, 2016

Department of Engineering, Main Site Lecture Room 4

Innovation for an Agricultural Revolution

Nov 09, 2016

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton

11th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture: Tim Wheeler speaks about Climate Smart Agriculture

Nov 09, 2016

John Madejski Lecture Theatre, Reading University, Earley Gate. Reading, RG6 6AR

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