A web of research connections
Cambridge Global Food Security Members are embedded within twenty-two departments and institutes of the University, from Plant Sciences and Engineering to Land Economy and Development Studies. Being part of this larger University ecosystem extends our reach, providing great convening power and capacity for influence.
Where interests collide, we connect with the interdisciplinary networks of several of the University's other Strategic Research Initiatives including Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Public Policy, Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Energy, and Big Data.
Our strong external links with agricultural research institutes include NIAB (a major international centre for plant research, crop evaluation and agronomy), Rothamsted Research (the world's longest running agricultural research station), and the John Innes Centre (an international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology). We also work with the Institute of Food Research, which focuses on the underlying science of food and health to address the global challenges of Food Security, Diet & Health, Healthy Ageing, and Food Waste.
Connecting with business and policy-makers
We connect with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's Natural Capital Leaders Platform, contributing academic expertise to collaborations with food and agricultural sector companies wishing to better understand and manage their dependencies and impacts on natural capital.
As a member of Agri-Tech East, the UK's only regional agri-tech cluster organisation, we are part of a large network of leading research institutes, grower groups, farmers, technology companies and investors based in the East of England. Providing access to innovative companies, industry knowledge and opportunities for research collaborations, Agri-Tech East helps us accelerate transfer of knowledge from lab to field.
And our links with Cambridge's Centre for Science and Policy enable us to connect with policy-makers, to contribute our expertise and evidence to tackling the policy challenges facing our world today.