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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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About Us

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.

The Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative recognises that expertise from many disciplines is required to understand such a complex issue, and to develop effective solutions.

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; and to work with stakeholders across business, policy and civil society to put innovative solutions into practice.

The Initiative 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.

After six years as a Strategic Research Initiative, Cambridge Global Food Security became a University of Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in October 2017.

Cambridge Global Food Security is Co-Chaired by Professor Howard Griffiths and Dr Jag Srai, and hosted by the University's Department of Plant Sciences.



 "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

About 850 million people, or nearly 15 percent of the global population, are estimated to be undernourished.

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