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Read more at: Why democratising plant bio-technologies in Africa matters
Dr Carol Ibe

Why democratising plant bio-technologies in Africa matters

21 September 2022

On 23 September Dr Carol Ibe of the JR Biotek Foundation started the Michaelmas term of our ECR Coffee Break Seminars discussing: Democratizing plant science research to accelerate food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Ibe and the group discussed the vast opportunities, challenges and prospects in Africa's...


Read more at: Cambridge Global Food Security Researcher: Joeva Rock
Joeva Sean Rock

Cambridge Global Food Security Researcher: Joeva Rock

8 September 2022

Joeva Rock recently joined the University of Cambridge as an Assistant Professor in Development Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies. An anthropologist, she uses ethnographic methods to study the interplay of food, politics, and development. She is a fellow of Murray Edwards College and a member...


Read more at: Restoring Tropical Agroecosystems: Nine Actions for Success
Aerial photograph from EFForTS-BEE which tests how planting of diverse tree islands affects oil palm ecosystems. Photograph Watit Khokthong.

Restoring Tropical Agroecosystems: Nine Actions for Success

17 August 2022

Actions to successfully restore tropical agroecosystems are described in a new paper published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution (TREE) , written by a team led by Dr Michael Pashkevich, Marshall Sherfield Fellow in the Insect Ecology Group at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. The authors present nine...


Read more at: Genetically Modified Cowpea Clears its First Hurdle in Ghana

Genetically Modified Cowpea Clears its First Hurdle in Ghana

1 August 2022

Cowpea, a crop that is integral to Ghana’s food security, looks set to become the first genetically modified crop grown there - a major milestone. In late June 2022, GM cowpea cleared the first of the three regulatory hurdles en route to commercialisation in Ghana. Biotechnology proponents have been working for decades to...


Read more at: Applications are Open for New MPhil on Seafood for Societal Health

Applications are Open for New MPhil on Seafood for Societal Health

27 July 2022

Women are invited to apply for a new MPhil in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. This project aims to find new approaches to drive greater consumption of sustainable seafood for societal health. Seafood can be an incredibly rich source of nutrition, which is particularly important at a time when...


Read more at: Cambridge Sustainable Food: a Local Food Partnership Going for Gold

Cambridge Sustainable Food: a Local Food Partnership Going for Gold

20 July 2022

The Covid Pandemic, rising cost of food and scarcity of some foodstuffs, have all focussed attention on how local areas can meet the challenges of a fractured food system. Local Food Partnerships (LFPs) play an essential part in this and are key to delivering local and national food priorities. 1 LFPs are partnerships...


Read more at: #BreakTheBias: Celebrating International Women's Day with Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano

#BreakTheBias: Celebrating International Women's Day with Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano

24 March 2022

To celebrate the 2022 International Women's Day theme of promoting women's equality, and to honour the work that women do to help make our world more food secure, this year we are profiling women who work in gender development. In this interview, Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano reflects on the important roles that women hold in...


Read more at: Crop Science Centre to conduct field trials of genetically modified barley that could reduce need for synthetic fertilisers

Crop Science Centre to conduct field trials of genetically modified barley that could reduce need for synthetic fertilisers

23 March 2022

Trials will evaluate whether enhancing the natural capacity of crops to interact with common soil fungi can contribute to more sustainable, equitable food production. A field trial of genetically modified and gene edited barley is due to be planted this April. The research is evaluating whether improved crop interactions...


Read more at: Urban aquaculture of bivalves, an attractive promise for delivering food and economic security in a world with increasing demands for resource availability

Urban aquaculture of bivalves, an attractive promise for delivering food and economic security in a world with increasing demands for resource availability

17 March 2022

With a current human population of 7.6 billion, and an expected growth to 9.8 billion by 2050, demands for nutrient-rich foods are increasing. Current estimations suggest that over 2 billion people world-wide suffer from a micronutrient deficiency (MND), which may increase with global population size unless current food...


Read more at: #BreakTheBias: Celebrating International Women's Day with Alessandra Galiè

#BreakTheBias: Celebrating International Women's Day with Alessandra Galiè

9 March 2022

To celebrate the 2022 International Women's Day theme of promoting women's equality, and to honour the work that women do to help make our world more food secure, this year we are profiling women who work in gender development. In this interview, Alessandra Galiè reflects on how gender norms in Ghana impact female...