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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Read more at: Nutritious fish stocks are being squandered by salmon farming, say scientists

Nutritious fish stocks are being squandered by salmon farming, say scientists

2 March 2022

Eating wild-caught fish instead of using it as feed in salmon farming would allow nearly four million tonnes of fish to be left in the sea, while providing an extra six million tonnes of seafood for human consumption, a study finds. Scientists studying the Scottish salmon farming industry say that using only fish by-...

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Read more at: Cambridge Festival 2022 Events

Cambridge Festival 2022 Events

28 February 2022

Cambridge Festival takes place from 31st March to 10 April, and we are pleased to announce some of the events linked to the Department of Plant Sciences and Cambridge Global Food Security IRC. Currently available: Through the Laboratory Keyhole A guessing game and an exclusive peek inside laboratories and research...

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Read more at: How forgotten beans could help fight malnutrition in Africa

How forgotten beans could help fight malnutrition in Africa

11 February 2022

February 10 marks World Pulses Day . A day dedicated to celebrating beans and lentils doesn’t seem worth getting excited about – but it should be. Because there are hundreds of forgotten and sidelined bean species that could change the game when it comes to improving global food security and cutting world hunger . World...

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Read more at: Our Fika Group - meet new people in our community!

Our Fika Group - meet new people in our community!

25 January 2022

The GFS Fika Group is a fun way to meet people interested in food security, and is loosely based on 'Fika', the Swedish culture of regularly meeting and having conversation over coffee and cake. Please contact Francesca if you would like to join the Fika Group. Then, on the first Friday of each month during University...

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Read more at: How can we achieve both food security and net zero? 

How can we achieve both food security and net zero? 

25 January 2022

Reported by Sarah Brakebill-Hacke, University of Cambridge While it is true that our food security and our food system are vulnerable to conditions created by climate change, the agricultural industry is also a major contributor to the problem. The food system contributes as much as 37% of total emissions between livestock...

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Read more at: New grafting technique could combat the disease threatening Cavendish bananas

New grafting technique could combat the disease threatening Cavendish bananas

23 December 2021

Scientists have found a novel way to combine two species of grass-like plant including banana, rice and wheat, using embryonic tissue from their seeds. The technique allows beneficial characteristics, such as disease resistance or stress tolerance, to be added to the plants. Grafting is the technique of joining the shoot...

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