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Research councils put £9m into food security studies

The UK’s Global Food Security programme has funded five interdisciplinary research projects to help increase the resilience of the nation’s agriculture and strengthen global food security.

The funding is from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Scottish government. It will go to projects to improve food security “in the face of evolving worldwide markets, environmental and demographic changes, and threats posed by pests and diseases”, the ESRC said in a statement.

The funding will support collaborations between biological, environmental and social scientists. Projects include research into protecting crops from pests and increasing tolerance to adverse weather.

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