Further Reading

If you are interested in finding out more about the food system, and the challenge of feeding 9 billion people in 2050, you might find the following websites and reports useful.

You might also be interested in the videos and podcasts of food-related events that have been held in Oxford recently.

For the latest publications by members of our Food Research Network, please see our news page.

Foresight Report: The Future of Food and Farming

The Foresight project Global Food and Farming Futures explores the increasing pressures on the global food system between now and 2050. The Report highlights the decisions that policy makers need to take today, and in the years ahead, to ensure that a global population rising to nine billion or more can be fed sustainably and equitably.

Foresight Report: Land Use Futures Project

This project produced an evidence base which will help government and other policy makers understand whether existing land use patterns and practice are fit for the future.

The project explored:

  • What land use challenges could the UK face over the next 50 years?
  • Will existing structures and mechanisms help us to meet those challenges?
  • What opportunities are there to use and manage land differently now so that UK society continues to enjoy a good quality of life in the future?

Royal Society: Reaping the benefits: Science and the sustainable intensification of global agriculture

This Royal Society report is a landmark study examining the contribution of the biological sciences to food crop production.

Food security is one of this century's key global challenges. Producing enough food for the increasing global population must be done in the face of changing consumption patterns, the impacts of climate change and the growing scarcity of water and land. Crop production methods must also sustain the environment, preserve natural resources and support livelihoods of farmers and rural populations around the world. This report discusses the need for a sustainable intensification' of global agriculture in which yields are increased without adverse environmental impact and without the cultivation of more land.

Royal Society: People and The Planet Report

Rapid and widespread changes in the world’s human population, coupled with unprecedented levels of consumption present profound challenges to human health and wellbeing, and the natural environment.

This report gives an overview of how global population and consumption are linked, and the implications for a finite planet.

Global Food Security

The UK’s main public funders of food-related research and training are working together through Global Food Security to meet the challenge of providing the world’s growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of good quality food from less land and with lower inputs.

This website is managed by the BBSRC and contains plenty of information about food security and food research, especially in the UK.

Green Food Project Conclusions

In the Natural Environment White Paper, published in June 2011, there was a commitment to "bring together Government, industry and environmental partners to reconcile how we will achieve our goals of improving the environment and increasing food production". The Green Food Project is the realisation of this commitment.

The conclusions address a range of topics, primarily: research and technology, knowledge exchange, our future workforce, investment, building effective structures, valuing ecosystem services, land management, consumption and waste.

Food Security and Climate Change

Report by The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE). This panel was established in 2010 as part of the reform of the World Committee on Food Security (CFS). The main role of the HLPE is to provide, at request of the CFS, policyoriented
analysis and advice, to underpin policy formulation and the work of CFS.

Food insecurity and climate change are, more than ever, the two major global challenges humanity is facing, and climate change is increasingly perceived as one of the greatest challenges for food security. This is why in 2010, the Committee requested the HLPE to work on Climate Change and Food Security.

More specifically, they were asked to review existing assessments and initiatives on the effects of climate change on food security and nutrition, with a focus on the most affected and vulnerable regions and populations and the interface between climate change and agricultural productivity, including the challenges and opportunities of adaptation and mitigation policies and actions for food security and nutrition.