Key findings from the mid-term review of the Global Food Security programme

A light-touch review was conducted in 2014 to explore the extent to which GFS had achieved added value; capture ‘softer’ programme impacts; and help shape the future strategic
direction of the programme. This report provides a summary of the key findings.

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Insight, issue four: The UK aquaculture industry

GFS Insight aims to offer a balanced and interdisciplinary representation of the current state of knowledge in a particular area relating to food security. This issue considers current aquaculture practice, both globally and in the UK, and routes by which scientific research is improving aquaculture productivity and sustainability.

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Insight, issue three: Food price spikes and global food markets

GFS Insight aims to offer a balanced and interdisciplinary representation of the current state of knowledge in a particular area relating to food security. This issue explores the factors behind recent global food price spikes, and potential routes for improving food price stability.

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Insight, issue two: Severe weather and UK food resilience

GFS Insight aims to offer a balanced and interdisciplinary representation of the current state of knowledge in a particular area relating to food security. This issue provides an overview of the increasing threat of severe weather events throughout the food supply chain, and potential methods for mitigating these risks.

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Priority research questions for the UK food system

This report highlights the key research challenges that could improve the UK food system’s efficiency and effectiveness in a global context. This GFS-led exercise developed a list of the top 100 priority research questions for the UK food system based on perspectives of a variety of stakeholders, including food industry, retail, government, wider policy, NGOs and academia.

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Insight, issue one: The importance of soils for ensuring food security

GFS Insight aims to offer a balanced and interdisciplinary representation of the current state of knowledge in a particular area relating to food security. This issue considers the role of soils in food production and methods to manage and protect soils to support food security.

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Food waste within global food systems

This report provides an independent assessment of the state of knowledge in the area of food waste, exploring waste-related issues in both developing and developed countries, with a particular focus on understanding where new approaches and new research may be instrumental in reducing waste.

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Paper: Priority research questions for the UK food system

This multi-authored scientific paper details the methodologies and findings of the GFS-led priority research questions for the UK food system exercise. This interdisciplinary project generated a list of the top 100 priority research questions for food security research, including perspectives from stakeholder groups across the food system.

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Global Food Systems and UK Food Imports: Resilience, Safety and Security

This report details the outcomes of an ESRC Public Policy Seminar discussing the range of factors which affect the stability and resilience of food supply chains in the UK. It highlights how UK food security is inextricably linked to global supply and identifies a set of future research priorities important to ensure UK food imports can be fair, sustainable, resilient and safe.

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Severe weather and UK food chain resilience – Detailed appendix to synthesis report

Following his illustration of the ‘perfect storm’ scenario, Sir John Beddington commissioned GFS to establish a programme of work considering the resilience of the global food system. A report on food system resilience from the UK’s Food Research Partnership was also commissioned, for which GFS coordinated an expert subgroup. This report details the work of this subgroup.

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