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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Our approach is to focus all our research towards answering one key question:



Approach diagram


Interdisciplinary projects are grouped into nine themes all of which aim to consider the food system as a whole within the contexts of business, policy, and civil society looking at the three intertwined pillars of: 

  •  Sustainable and fit-for-purpose production
  • Resilient and efficient processing, distribution and supply
  • Ethical and healthy consumption

To achieve such an ideal food system our Strategic Objectives are to:

1. Promote long-term, interdisciplinary research capacity to address key challenges in global food security, by:

  • sustaining and strengthening our local network
  • continuing to develop our research collaborations nationally and internationally
  • public engagement and early-career events to inspire the next generation

2. Engage with stakeholders across business, policy and civil society, to:

  • ensure the most appropriate framing of our research agenda for impact potential
  • translate fundamental research into practical applications
  • generate new funding for innovative research

3. Enhance our presence, contribution and influence, by:

  • informing debate at local, regional, national and international levels
  • contributing to agenda-setting for future research funding
  • contributing to evidence-informed policy-making

 "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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