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Research councils put £14m into food security fund

Three UK research councils have announced the research themes for a five-year research programme to investigate “the resilience of the UK food system in a global context”.

The themes for the Global Food Security programme were announced on 29 May. They are: enhancing productivity, resilience and sustainability of agricultural landscapes; increasing resilience of international supply chains; and influencing food choice for health, sustainability and resilience at the individual and household level.

The programme was co-designed by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; the Economic and Social Research Council; the Natural Environment Research Council; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Food Standards Agency. The three research councils are contributing a total of £14 million to the scheme, and additional contributions are under evaluation at the other agencies.

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