A major food security event will take place in July to address the “resilience of the UK food system in a global context” as a first step towards the shaping of a five-year development programme for which £14m of public funding has already been earmarked.
Part of the “Global Food Security” plan, the event is backed by FSA, BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, and Defra, in partnership with wider stakeholders to address the nation’s “major food security challenge”.
The stated aim of the event is to:
- bring together researchers from biological, environmental and social sciences and representatives from policy, industry, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders,
- to provide insight on the call themes, as well as,
- encourage development of partnerships and collaborative proposals in food security and resilience.
Programme themes include:
- enhancing productivity, resilience and sustainability of agricultural landscapes,
- increasing the resilience of international supply chains, and
- influencing food choice for health, sustainability and resilience at the individual and household level.
To be held in London on July 20, the event is timed to ensure the organisations involved are ready to utilise a first tranche of £7m of research funding when it becomes available in September 2015.