Following the initial March workshop and independent group work, the second GFS Crop Climate Working Group workshop was held on 18th June 2019. This workshop developed further the themes and case studies identified in March, to demonstrate how joint working and future research between crop breeders and climate modellers can help address the identified gaps in knowledge and research. Discussions ranged from short term climate patterns impacting UK wheat production, integrated cropping systems and climate threats in India, and disease resistance and banana production in South America to longer term transformations to agricultural systems that are resilient to climatic changes. These case studies will be developed further and presented in a joint report, to be published later this year.
A more diverse aquaculture sector could contribute to healthier, more environmentally friendly diets, but how palatable would the UK public find this step change? asks Dr Sofia Franco
The winning team of this year’s Global Food Security Policy Lab on emerging food trends will be awarded £5000 to write a report on “Are we ready for a plant-based diet?”, which will be published in 2020.