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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Hear from our GFS Network Members

Helen Francis, Knowledge Transfer Facilitator, Department of Engineering.

How does the University of Cambridge use its global research expertise to the service of its local region? One of the featured areas in this video, just released by the University of Cambridge, demonstrates how the GFS Network is also having local impact. Helen Francis and Jacob Kirwan, of G's Growers, discuss how technological advances can be used to address climate change, farm labour availability, and an ageing population, factors that affect agricultural production and food security. 


Professor Martin Jones, Head of the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, and Steering Committee Member. Click here for more about Martin Jones.



Luke Braidwood, PhD Student in the Department of Plant Sciences.



Rosemary Ostfeld, PhD Student in the Department of Land Economy.

How do social science and economics fit into research on palm production? Rosemary Ostfeld explains how her understanding of society and consumer behaviour is crucial for her to liaise with stakeholders to determine the effectiveness of initiatives. This film showcases the extent that conservation related research is embedded in a wide range of academic fields and involves collaboration with non academic partners beyond the University. Click here for more about Rosemary Ostfeld.


Helen Curry, Peter Lipton Lecturer in History of Modern Science and Technology.

How does understanding scientific knowledge, tools and technology shape our interactions with different aspects of the natural world? Dr Helen Curry from the Department of History of Philosophy and Science explains how she works with disciplines across the University of Cambridge to gain a holistic approach to history and conservation. Click here for more about Helen Curry.


Anca Serban, PhD student in the Department of Geography.

How do we feed a growing world population whilst minimising the impact on habitats and species? Anca Serban discusses these issues in relation to her work in India and how collaborating with a wide range of disciplines enables her to explore the trade offs of managing conservation without impinging on people's livelihoods or increasing poverty in developing countries.


Find out more about our plant scientists and their work to address Global Food Security



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

Cambridge Global Food Security is a virtual 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. 

Please contact the Programme Manager D.ssa Francesca Re Manning to request information, share information, or join our mailing list.