Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Research strategy launched to tackle food security

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.”

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.