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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge
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How can we ensure everyone in the world has access to enough food for an active and healthy life on an ongoing basis?

With the global population estimated to reach nine billion people by 2050, food security is one of this century’s greatest challenges.

Recognizing that global food security is a global challenge which requires global solutions with a holistic approach, the Cambridge Global Food Security Interdisciplinary Research Centre (formerly a Research Initiative) recognises that expertise from many disciplines is essential to understand such a complex issue and to develop effective solutions.

The Cambridge Global Food Security IRC is a virtual network of researchers across the University, from crop scientists and engineers to specialists in policy, economics and public health. It promotes interaction and knowledge sharing, and supports collaborative research to address the issues surrounding food security at local, national and international scales.

Our Vision is to address the challenges of ensuring that 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 in a sustainable way with the changing environment; and to work with stakeholders across business, policy and civil society to put innovative solutions into practice.


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 "The challenge is to deliver nutritious, safe and affordable food to a global population of over 9 billion in the coming decades, using less land, fewer inputs, with less waste and a lower environmental impact. All this has to be done in ways that are socially and economically sustainable." 


Prof. Sir John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Adviser Forward to UK Global Food Security Strategic Plan 2011-2016


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

Cambridge Global Food Security is a virtual centre at 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. 

Please contact the Programme Manager D.ssa Francesca Re Manning to request information, share information, or join our mailing list. 

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