In UK, Research Strategy for Global Food Security Unveiled

National and international food-related research funders in the U.K. have come out with a strategy on using research to help avert potential food crises. Photo by: International Rice Research Institute

Major public funders of national and international food-related research in the U.K. unveiled Feb. 10 a strategy on using research to help avert potential food crises.

Research councils, government departments and other public bodies are now coordinating their research activities related to food and agriculture through the Global Food Security program. The program’s strategy focuses on four cross-disciplinary research themes for food security: economic resilience, resource efficiency, sustainable food production and supply, and sustainable, healthy, safe diets.

“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,” U.K. Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for International Development Stephen O’Brien said in a Feb. 10 statement.

“The new strategy will ensure that this sort of research works harder for people in developing countries by avoiding duplication and pushing in to areas where new research is needed,” he added.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

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