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Global Food Security funding 23 January 2017

The Global Food Security (GFS) Programme will soon be announcing a new 5–year interdisciplinary programme of research to tackle resilience of the food system

The programme has been co–designed by the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), NERC, Defra and the Foods Standards Agency (FSA), in partnership with wider stakeholders, and will address a major food security challenge: ‘Resilience of the UK food system in a global context’.

BBSRC, NERC and ESRC are contributing £14m and further contributions are being considered by other GFS partners. Up to £7m will be available for the first call.

Tim Benton, GFS champion, said:

“Resilience of the food system – from production to consumption – is an increasingly recognised challenge given competition for resources, climate change and increasing demand. However, we need better understanding of how to make the food system resilient. This new GFS programme will help provide that fundamental knowledge and translate this into policy and practice.”

Jackie Hunter, BBSRC chief executive, said:

“Sustainably supplying enough food for a growing population is a complex problem. Issues like climate change, supply chains, food choices and productivity all need consideration. This research programme will help us to unpick these complexities by supporting interdisciplinary projects to look at the challenge from all angles.”

Duncan Wingham, NERC chief executive, said:

“Finding sustainable and affordable ways of feeding the world’s growing population is a critical challenge facing our species. This programme can build on the UK’s leading role in this area. It is a strong example of how funding bodies can bring researchers of different disciplines together to tackle a complex problem.”

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