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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Industry Collaborations

Building Innovation Communities

Industrial and research communities have differences in focus, challenges and priorities and as a result, opportunities to align their strengths are often missed. 

A policy round table hosted by the University's Centre for Science and Policy in 2016 discussed challenges to delivery of the UK Agri-tech Strategy. The complexity of agricultural supply chains, and their associated value chains, makes it difficult to identify the most relevant opportunities for improvement and to engage the relevant parts of the research base to tackle them.

We subsequently used a structured roadmapping approach to broker interactions between research and industry, and to more effectively translate academic research into business outcomes.

We used the potato supply chain as a pilot study.

The project, run over 2017-2018, mapped the potato value chain and engaged diverse industrial stakeholders from growers, to packers, to retailers, to prioritise opportunities to add value. We then aligned these opportunities with research expertise at the University of Cambridge and NIAB, and held workshops to catalyse the co-design of innovative collaborative projects involving partners from research and industry.


Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science.

Cambridge Global Food Security is an Interdisciplinary Research 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. 

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Upcoming events

Global Food Security Symposium

Mar 21, 2018

Washington DC

The amazing world of bees

Mar 21, 2018

Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

Finding the Funding – The Research and Business Guide to Smart Agri-Tech Finance

Mar 22, 2018

King's Lynn Innovation Centre, Innovation Drive, King's Lynn, PE30 5BY

Are food miles worth worrying about?

Mar 22, 2018

Mill Lane, Lecture Room 2

Venture Creation Weekend: Innovation in Food Security

Mar 23, 2018

Cambridge Judge Business School

Upcoming events