The Global Food Security programme has launched a new science communication competition to equip UKRI early-stage researchers with the communication skills to propose and facilitate the necessary changes to transform our food system for health and sustainability.
A new report published by the multi-agency Global Food Security (GFS) programme highlights how disruptive innovation is needed to transform the UK food system.
Valeria Shumaylova (University of Cambridge) and Aled Jones (Anglia Ruskin University) describe the rationale behind their recent project exploring data science techniques to study the link between food production shocks, food prices and food riots.
The risk of extreme weather hitting several major food producing regions of the world at the same time could triple by 2040. This was the major finding from a GFS report on extreme weather and the food system, which was presented at the AAAS meeting and at the US Senate.
GFS has catalysed a strategic approach to soil science which has helped galvanise investment in research and training. UK soils are worth £5.3 billion to our economy – 2.2 million tonnes of topsoil is lost each year in the UK costing farmers £9 million.
GFS has helped facilitate an £18.5 million multidisciplinary research initiative to help protect animal and human health in the face of emerging livestock farming systems. Meat demand is predicted to rise by 40% in 2030 and there are significant risks to health associated with the rapidly changing nature of livestock farming systems to meet demand: 60% of human pathogens and 75% of emerging diseases are zoonotic.