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BBSRC welcomes Royal Society report into food security

21 October 2009

BBSRC has welcomed the publication today of the Royal Society report ‘Reaping the benefits: Science and the sustainable intensification of global agriculture’.

Prof Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: “The Royal Society’s report brings welcome and renewed focus on the need for science to underpin the delivery of safe, nutritious and affordable food for everyone, in an increasingly unpredictable world.

“BBSRC is currently leading the development of a cross-Council programme in food security for Research Councils UK. This aims to provide multidisciplinary research to meet the food security challenges in crop production, livestock farming, diet and health and the societal aspects surrounding food and sustainability of the food-chain. The programme is being developed in partnership with bodies across UK Government, including Defra, DFID, Food Standards Agency, Technology Strategy Board and the Scottish Government.

“We will be considering the recommendations of the Royal Society report as we develop our food security research roadmap, which will outline how the emerging RCUK programme aims to deliver research to underpin food security.”