Global Food Security Blog

A feed from Global Food Security’s blog including contributions from academics, policy makers, farmers and end-users.


 

21 December 2017. A case for turkey sandwiches and other food for thought on Christmas

Carolin Reiner and Toby Park from the Behavioural Insights Team discuss the real cost of food waste in the UK. Carolin focusses on consumers, energy, and sustainability, and Toby leads on the team’s energy and sustainability work.

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5 December 2017. Shocks, stress, and choice: How can we develop a more resilient food system?

John Ingram of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford discusses the different strategies for addressing food system resilience and the new opportunities that these can create in the food sector.

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15 November 2017. Climate change and conflict: the ultimate threat multipliers to food security

More research is needed on the link between food security, climate change and conflict if we want to eradicate world hunger, says Director of GFS, Riaz Bhunnoo.

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16 October 2017. Earth, Wind, Fire, and global agreements: How do global events change the nature of food security research?

At their inaugural meeting, the Global Food Security Science Advisory Group analysed recent events and identified a set of 10 priority research questions to address the food security challenge. Professor Tim Benton from the University of Leeds and chair of the advisory group, and the Global Food Security (GFS) programme’s Sian Williams explore the evolving research landscape.

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25 September 2017. Can food help in the battle against climate change? An Insight on Paris-compliant healthy food systems

Transformation of the food system could lead the way in addressing both climate and health goals. The Global Food Security programme’s Sian Williams introduces a new report.

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18 September 2017. Why UK researchers are needed to achieve diets that nourish, rather than just feed people

Following the previous blog from Riaz Bhunnoo, Head of Global Food Security, on the opportunity for further research into food security using a ‘food systems’ approach, Professor Alastair Ager, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID) explains why there is a need for this cross-cutting research and the challenges he hopes this will address.

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29 August 2017. Food systems, interdisciplinary research and the Global Challenges Research Fund

The new GCRF hubs call is a huge investment in interdisciplinary research, with plans to fund a dozen £8 million-£20 million grants to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing developing countries. Riaz Bhunnoo, Head of Global Food Security, explains why this presents a great opportunity for research in food security, which cuts across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and necessitates a ‘food systems’ approach.

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24 July 2017. CRISPR-Cas9: a role in food security?

CRISPR-Cas9 technology provides an extremely precise and powerful tool for modifying genomes with countless potential applications, many of which are in agriculture. The University of Warwick's Jessica Finch considers what this might mean for food security.

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19 June 2017. The global avocado crisis and resilience in the UK’s fresh fruit and vegetable supply system

The UK’s fresh fruit and vegetable supply system is vulnerable to water-related risk. Cranfield University’s Chloe Sutcliffe and Tim Hess introduce a new GFS-funded project investigating this issue.

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3 April 2017. Pesticides: with or without?

They get a bad press, but certain compounds are key to a future with safe, sufficient and affordable food, says the ECPA’s Graeme Taylor.

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6 March 2017. Locking up a killer virus

The world has celebrated rinderpest virus eradication. But an FAO video shows there’s cleaning up to do after the party. Virologist Michael Baron explains.

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7 February 2017. Research strategy in a changing world

Head of Global Food Security (GFS) Riaz Bhunnoo outlines the programme’s plans and policies for the future.

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