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About the programme

The UK’s main public funders of food-related research and training are working together through the Global Food Security programme to meet the challenge of providing the world’s growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of safe, nutritious, and affordable high-quality food using less land, with lower inputs, and in the context of global climate change, other environmental changes and declining resources.

Our vision

  • To integrate, coordinate and disseminate research that will be influential in informing policy and practice and will support food security goals
  • To raise the profile of the food security challenge, providing leadership and coordinating our efforts
  • To be dynamic in identifying and responding to current and future challenges, leveraging existing funding, and co-designing new multidisciplinary research programmes
  • To encourage innovation
  • To help to translate existing knowledge in to practice
  • To provide a focus for UK contributions to wider international efforts

The programme coordinates multidisciplinary research through three themes:

  1. Resilience
  2. Sustainable production and supply
  3. Nutrition, health & wellbeing

More information on these themes can be found in the Global Food Security Strategic Plan (2011 – 2016) (PDF 1MB), alongside a set of future priorities where GFS can add value through a multi-partner or interdisciplinary approach. The food security challenge is constantly evolving. The strategy has therefore been updated as of November 2013 to reflect the latest research and programme developments.

The added value of working together

The Global Food Security programme provides added value through:

  • Improved coordination between funders, end users and researchers
  • Increased innovation through novel inter-disciplinary approaches to addressing the challenges
  • Greater leadership by acting as a focal point for the diverse research communities, industry, politicians, policy-makers and consumer groups
  • Horizon scanning and foresight by providing a platform for partners to identify and respond to emerging priorities
  • Greater impact through better coordinated dialogue and increased collaboration with wider stakeholders and users

For more information on the food security challenge, see The issue.

To read about how research is already underway to tackle the issue, see Research in Action.