A new GFS funded report explores the potential of boosting public funding with private investments to encourage sustainable agriculture, conservation, and the delivery of ecosystem services.
Unintended consequences of cash crop production in Eastern Uganda demonstrate the need for holistic thinking and multi-pronged action
Sugarcane production is a major industry in Uganda, however growing the cash crop often has negative impacts for local farmers. Denis Muwanguzi explains why holistic thinking and multi-pronged action are needed.
GFS will hold its fourth Policy Lab for PhD students and early career researchers on the 6-8th November 2019. This event aims to synthesize the latest knowledge and evidence on emerging food trends and their impact across the food system in order to inform policy and practice.
This month experts came together for the second meeting of the crop breeding and climate modelling working group. The aim of the working group is to identify ways to protect our food supply in the face of a changing climate and extreme weather.
As the climate crisis escalates, so will its impacts on crop production. To protect our food supply in the face of a changing climate and extreme weather, GFS has launched a working group to improve communication and information sharing between crop breeders and climate modellers.
A new report published by the multi-agency Global Food Security (GFS) programme describes how disruptive innovation is needed to transform the UK food system.
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- Date: January 2019
This report investigates how transformative innovation can lead to ‘business unusual’ in food supply chains, bringing together academia, industry, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), non-government organisations (NGOs) and policy makers. It examines the challenges to industry and business that technologies could address, and has provided future priorities for research, industry, and policy.
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There is a growing threat to the UK’s food system, and most of us aren’t even aware of it. Phosphorus is an element that is essential to all living things; it forms a key component of DNA and is important for energy transfers in cells.
Waste not want not: What are the problems of food waste in the supply chain and how can we fix them?
Dr Ciara Dangerfield discusses the outputs of her GFS-funded workshop that explored where food loss and waste occur across the supply chain, and how the scientific community can address these issues to make our food system less wasteful.
Research generated by scientists at University of Glasgow and The Pirbright Institute has shown that a targeted vaccination programme against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) could alleviate poverty in eastern Africa.
If the fruit sector were a game, what would it be like? Monopoly – rich get richer, poor get poorer? Snakes and Ladders – it’s all down to luck? Dungeons and Dragons – highly complex and best directed by experts? Or maybe like Twister – needing strength and flexibility?
With a rapidly increasing global population set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 coupled with environmental change, the challenge of feeding the world has never been greater. Making UK farming more resilient and sustainable will improve the UK’s ability to feed itself, while also benefitting the global food system more broadly.
- Date: 7 January 2021
- Author(s): Christopher Waite, Sajeev Mohankumar, Rebecca Martin, Michael Norman
The 2019 Policy Lab winners present their new report which identifies the potential impacts of the emerging trend of plant-based diets on the UK food system. Here the team give a ‘behind the scenes’ to their process of writing a Think Piece, how they successfully engaged with stakeholders, and why now is the opportune time to be discussing plant-based diets.
- Date: 21 December 2020
A new GFS and BBSRC report details the findings from a workshop with stakeholders across the food system, exploring how we could ‘build back better’ and create a more resilient post COVID-19 food network which simultaneously delivers resilience and sustainability.