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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Multi-disciplinary Research in Global Food Security

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Global Food Security Cambridge Symposium

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Smallholder agriculture and food security

Ploughing ahead in business Ed Hawkesworth/DFID on CC BY
Transporting vegetables from the field to the market

Transporting vegetables Kaj17 on CC BY
Scientists build a clearer picture of the spread of bovine tuberculosis Cattle Dachalan(Flickr Creative Commons)
Climate chemistry and the tropics Oil palm plantation Michael Thirnbeck
Give and take: the changing landscape of world aid Rice sacks AdamCohn (Flickr Creative Commons)
Modelling impacts of a warming world Initial ISI-MIP simulation showing the effects on vegetation productivity at the highest emissions scenario (reduction: red to yellow; increase: green to blue)  Andrew Friend
Unlocking the agricultural economics of the 19th century Crops growing Michael Parker Wright (Flickr Creative Commons)
Reducing consumption of red and processed meat could make a major contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions Meat Comprock from Flickr
Farming loved but misunderstood, survey shows Green and pleasant land: A farm near East Meon in Hampshire. MAClarke21 from Flickr
Prize tomato Tomato voliwowli
Blowing in the wind: how hidden flower features are crucial for bees Bumblebee foraging from a Hebe inflorescence Beverley Glover
Seahorses and the "onion world" Seahorse Amanda Vincent
Research, policy, practice: conservation in the round Trees Sassan Saatchi/JPL CALTECH
Canopy commerce: forest conservation and poverty alleviation Gola Forest Jeremy Lindsell
Flower power: how to get ahead in advertising Bees are important pollinators of daisies and many other flowers blathlean on flickr
Breeding better grasses for food and fuel Plant cells, like these in wheat, are surrounded by thick walls where energy is locked up Rowan Mitchell, Rothamsted Research
‘Extreme Sleepover #2’ – a night in Ghana’s tropical forest Ben in the forest Ana Rodrigues
Canopy commerce: forest conservation and poverty alleviation Ghana forest Ben Phalan
Food security: your questions answered Vegetables Adactio on Flickr
Field to fork: safeguarding livestock health Genetically modified chicken Norrie Russell, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Foreseer of future resources The Foreseer tool is based on Sankey diagrams, where the width of each line is proportional to the quantity of resource The Forseer Project
Whose fault is famine? What the world failed to learn from 1840s Ireland Irish tenants are evicted and their homes torn down under the supervision of troops  Illustrated London News, December 16, 1848.
Farming and the fate of wild nature Chocolate-backed Kingfisher  Lars Holbech
In soil we trust Soil © Zemdega
Nature’s value to business Responsible farming ©Nestle
Modelling the root of crop disease Sugarbeet © Lugo
Turbocharging a new Green Revolution Rice plants propagated using tissue culture at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines IRRI
Invigorating plants Healthy plants  © Beric
Predictive modelling of plant growth for food and fuel Live imaging of the growing tips of plants Marcus Heisler
New strain of MRSA discovered Cow Royalty-free image Collection by Flickr
Scientists calculate the true cost of saving rainforest and improving food security Bags of charcoal lined on the road into Dar es Salaam. This charcoal was produced in the forest and woodlands outside of Dar. Charcoal is the main source of cooking fuel in urban areas across sub-Saharan Africa. Neil-D.-Burgess
Scientists aim to improve photosynthesis to increase food and fuel production Stooks me'nthedogs from Flickr
Defending crops with maths Wheat stem rust Yue Jin, ARS, US Dept of Agriculture
GM chickens that don’t transmit bird flu developed Wild Chicken of Fair Oaks Village Flickr: Eric J. Hebert
Biofuel from inedible plant material easier to produce Ammophila Ammophila Jim Haseloff
Towards a ‘super-vaccine’ for swine bacterial diseases Prize Pig The Pug Father from Flickr
Famine’s changing face Household takes refuge from the rain in central Malawi ILRI/Mann on Flickr
Supercharged rice: the answer to famine? Rice Raymond Panaligan/International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Unravelling the secrets of Salmonella infection Salmonella carmelo_brischetto
Completing the jigsaw: multidrug resistance in bacteria Salmonella Vassilis Koronakis
Clockwork plants Clockwork breahn on flickr
Unhealthy diet and physical inactivity: understanding these silent killers Couch Potatoing El Alvi from Flickr

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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.