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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Of the 6000 plant species historically cultivated as crops, global food production is now dominated by just six. Although they are largely absent from global food trade and development initiatives, many ‘forgotten’ crops continue to be important to both rural and urban populations.

As the future for food security becomes ever more precarious, these crops could play a vital role in closing food gaps and providing providing consumers around the world with a more diverse and nutritious diet.

The Forgotten Crops Society, of which Global Food Security is a founder member, champions these crops and raises public awareness through its Dialogue Series events, co-organised with Global Food Security.

FCS Past events:


Date TBC The Globalisation of Wheat

Wednesday, 17 May, 2023 The Global Food Crisis: How should we respond?



Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them

Tuesday, 26 April, 2022 Maize: Examining Narratives of Crop Extinction

Wednesday, 26 January, 2022 Is there a business case for forgotten crops? The role of the private seed sector.



Wednesday, 1 December, 2021 The promise of genomics and genetics in underutilized crops

Wednesday, 27 October, 2021  Can an African grain become a global super-food?



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.