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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge
 
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Local food solutions during the coronavirus crisis could have lasting benefits

23 April 2020

A decade ago, food security in developing countries was regarded as a major challenge. The growing food insecurity in the poorest countries was seen a trigger for large scale migration to richer countries, where it threatened human security. It was argued that humanitarian assistance to the poorest countries - through food aid - was necessary to prevent a descent into violence and protracted conflict in the face of poor institutional capacity.

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Meet Nick Fradgley

20 April 2020

PhD student Nick Fradgley travelled to Ethiopia in 2019, with the support of the Cambridge Global Food Security Early Career Researcher Travel Fund, to conduct research on how teff, sorghum, finger millet, and durum wheat are bred. Find out how he planned his trip, what he learned, and how this has broadened his views on the complex issues that surround food security in Ethiopia.

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Meet Dorien Braam

7 April 2020

In 2019, PhD student Dorien Braam conducted some of her fieldwork in Pakistan with the support of the Cambridge Global Food Security Early Career Researcher Travel Fund. Find out more about her field trip, how she collected information, and her thoughts on conducting international research trips.

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Cambridge Global Food Security Researcher: Shailaja Fennell

25 March 2020

Understanding and ensuring food security requires a good knowledge of the contexts that surround food production and consumption. To complete this series on female researchers who play vital roles in improving local and global food security, Dr Shailaja Fennell expands on how she takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigating complex food security challenges, and how her earlier studies and the support of a good academic mentor encouraged her interdisciplinary focus.

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Everyday Objects of Food Security

19 March 2020

Objects, one of our key programmes in collaboration with the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies at the University of Cambridge, has begun releasing a series of videos titled 'Everyday Objects of Food Security'. These videos detail conversations by small groups of researchers from the natural, physical, and social sciences, and the humanities, with each group discussing specific objects that relate to global food security.

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Cambridge Global Food Security Researcher: Gitanjali Yadav

4 March 2020

To continue with our series on female researchers who play vital roles in improving local and global food security, we present Dr Gita Yadav, whose work focuses as much on understanding how nature has evolved and optimized mechanisms to enhance photosynthetic efficiency, and on how plants communicate with each other and the rest of the biosphere, as it does on encouraging female participation in science.

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Cambridge Global Food Security Researcher: Nadia Radzman

3 March 2020

Female researchers play vital roles in helping our communities, countries and world become more food secure. Dr Nadia Radzman, a plant science researcher, lets us know why legumes are important both in agricultural practice and in our diets. Her narrative also underlines the important role that supportive supervisors can play in positively guiding early career researchers' professional paths.

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Cambridge Global Food Security Researcher: Jean Adams

25 February 2020

We continue to highlight the important work done by female researchers to help our communities, countries and world become more food secure. Dr Jean Adams, a public health researcher and lecturer, discusses the importance of designing food systems to ensure that everyone has access to affordable and healthy food to combat food insecurity. She also underlines the importance of having supportive female role models in her early years, and of being part of strong professional networks in her current work.

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Cambridge Global Food Security Researcher: Charlotte Milbank

24 February 2020

To celebrate International Women's Day 2020, we're featuring the important work that female researchers do to help make our communities, countries and world more food secure. We're also highlighting the diverse ways that food security can be approached, how our researcher's view women's roles and visibility in research and innovation, and the interdisciplinary nature of their work. PhD student Charlotte Milbank is researching how wild foods can contribute to improved food security in northern Indian communities.

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What’s your beef?

8 January 2020

Britain is a nation of beef eaters – the French even nicknamed us les rosbifs. This could all change if environmentalists, concerned by the climate impact of the meat industry, get their way. Yet while the evidence may be clear, driving more widespread change is far from straightforward: the proposition of eating less beef and lamb is fuelling heated debate. Would it really be such a good thing? And if so, why can’t - or won’t - many people stop eating it?

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