GFS established an inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral working group of academics and industry experts to consider tipping points within the food system.
The findings of the UK-US Taskforce were presented at a session of the AAAS meeting 2016. The session panel also conducted a briefing on the taskforce findings for US Senate staff.
This work compiled and assessed existing sustainability frameworks in agriculture, highlighting the complexity of Integrated Sustainability Assessment methods and the variability in their characteristics.
Taskforce findings were published in four reports: The taskforce Synthesis Report: Extreme weather and resilience of the global food system; Annex A: Climate and global crop production shocks; Annex B: Review of the responses to food production shocks; Annex C: Country Level Impacts of Global Grain Production Shocks.
The network initiates under the auspices of the OECD Global Science Forum with eight signatory countries as full members.
In 2014, GFS established a UK-US Taskforce on Resilience of the Agri-Food System to Extreme Weather Events in collaboration with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Science and Innovation Network (SIN).
Sir John Beddington commissioned a report on food system resilience from the UK’s Food Research Partnership, for which GFS coordinated an expert subgroup.
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.
- Date: 4 October 2017
The UK’s Global Food Security programme is funding £4.9 million of interdisciplinary research to increase resilience and sustainability of the UK food system.