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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

A people-centric and resource-smart transformer of the European food system, driving consumer confidence and improved global health

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) brings together leading higher education institutions, research labs and companies to form dynamic cross-border partnerships – Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) - that develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs.

The EIT Food KIC was established in 2017 with the University of Cambridge as a founding partner. EIT Food’s vision is to put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food innovation and production, and in how it is valued by society. It will engage consumers as it works to improve nutrition and make the food system more resource-efficient, transparent and trusted.



  1. Overcome low consumer trust: support Europeans in the transition towards a smart food system that is inclusive and trusted.
  2. Create consumer valued food for healthier nutrition: enable individuals to make informed and affordable personal nutrition choices.
  3. Build a consumer-centric connected food system: develop a digital food supply network with consumers and industry as equal partners.
  4. Enhance sustainability: develop solutions to transform the traditional ‘produce-use-dispose’ model into a circular bio-economy.
  5. Educate to engage, innovate and advance: Provide ‘food system’ skills for more than 10,000 students, entrepreneurs and professionals through advanced training programmes.
  6. Catalyse food entrepreneurship and innovation: foster innovation at all stages of business creation, supporting the creation of 350 start-ups within seven years and developing 290 new or improved products, services and processes by 2024.




Education: develop new talent through EIT Food education programmes to empower students, professionals and executives at all career stages to become entrepreneurial champions in Europe’s food sector.

Business creation and acceleration: boost the competitiveness of the EU food sector, by supporting entrepreneurs in transforming their ideas into businesses and improve nutrition, achieve food security and promote resource-efficient food systems.

Create consumer-valued food for healthier nutrition: develop innovative tools and technologies to help narrow the gap between people’s intentions and their actual behaviour towards healthier foods, leading to an improvement in health across Europe.




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