skip to content

Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Thank you to all who contributed to this great event!



This was an interdisciplinary and highly interactive meeting, designed to inspire new ways of addressing the challenges of food security at a practical level. By convening a diversity of subject experts and allowing time for meaningful discussions, we aimed to generate novel, practical solutions.

A small number of high profile speakers presented specific food security-related challenges faced in India and Africa. Talks were followed by panel discussions and workshops.


Main presentations, 8th April

Our speakers have kindly agreed to share the slides of their talks (click titles to download):


Opening Address, Sir Brian Heap, St. Edmunds College, Cambridge

THEME 1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sustainable Agriculture

The Environmental Impacts of Food, Professor Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen

Rice in India: Environment, Economy and Society; Mashing/Meshing Disciplines, Professor Barbara Harriss-White, University of Oxford

Accounting for Water Use in Crop Production, Professor Howard Griffiths, University of Cambridge


THEME 2: Food Supply Chains and Trade

Future of Food Value Chains for Multi-National Companies - Challenges, Opportunities and Action in Complex Markets, Dr Melissa Barrett, Accenture Strategy

Evaluating the Impact of Digital Technologies on Future Food Supply Chains - Implications for Developed and Developing Markets, Dr Jagjit Srai, University of Cambridge

The Role of Farmer-Producer Organisations in Developing Socially Responsible Supply Networks, Dr Tomas Harrington, University of East Anglia


THEME 3: Gender, Nutrition and Policy

Building a Sustainable Food System for Inclusive Economic Growth in Africa: the Policy, Gender, and Nutrition Considerations, Dr Agnes Kalibata, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Gender Justice, Women's Agricultural Work and Nutrition Security in South Asia, Dr Nitya Rao, University of East Anglia

Institutional Innovations, Food Security and Gender: the Potential of Group Farming, Professor Bina Agarwal, University of Manchester 


Early Career Researcher three-minute flash presentations, 8 April

Combined presentations

and finally..

Food Sustainability Index - a short overview presentation by Martin Koehring, The Economist Intelligence Unit


A selection of photographs from the symposium is here.


This event was organised by the Cambridge Global Food Security IRC (Programme Manager: Jacqueline Garget) and the GCRF-funded TIGR2ESS programme (Programme Manager: Rose Eichenberger). 


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TIGR2ESS (Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies).

Monday, 8 April, 2019 - 08:30 to Tuesday, 9 April, 2019 - 16:00
Contact name: 
Jacqueline Garget
Contact email: 
Event location: 
Gillespie Centre, Clare College, Cambridge