The Department for International Development has published its co-ordinated plan for research to help the world avoid a potential food security crisis.
To meet the “considerable challenge” of ensuring global food supply from less land and with lower inputs, the Global Food Security programme has now published its strategic plan.
The plan has been published just weeks after chief scientific advisor John Beddington said measures to address water shortages, rising energy prices and poor transport infrastructure will be necessary to ensure global food security in decades to come.
The plan outlines how the Global Food Security partners intend to work together across four cross-disciplinary research themes for food security: economic resilience, resource efficiency, sustainable food production and supply and sustainable, healthy, safe diets.
Key priorities are reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions from the food chain.
Parliamentary under-secretary of state for international development Stephen O’Brien said: “Research that helps farmers grow crops resistant to drought or in areas prone to flooding can mean the difference between life and death for some of the world’s poorest people.”