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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.

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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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Westminister Food & Nutrition Forum: The Future of UK Agriculture Policy

Mar 30, 2017

Central London-UK Headquarters, 4 Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane West, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7BW

The African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017

Apr 04, 2017

The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge

Obesity: Tipping Back the Scales of the Nation

Apr 19, 2017

The Studio, 51 Lever St Manchester, M1 1FN, United Kingdom

Next Steps for Sugar Reduction

Apr 27, 2017

Central London-UK Headquarters, 4 Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane West, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7BW

Transfer of Crop Research Knowledge to Small Farmers

May 16, 2017

NIAB Innovation Farm, Villa Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9NZ

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