Organisations in the Oxford Area

The Programme is exploring links with organisations in the Oxford area with interests in food system research and policy. If you are interested in being included here then please let us know.

CABI is a not-for-profit international organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

CABI helps address the challenges of food security by helping farmers grow more and lose less. They do this by improving crop yields, safeguarding the environment and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge.

CABI produces key scientific publications, including CAB Abstracts, the world-leading database covering agriculture and environment and Global Health, the definitive bibliographic database for public health information.

CABI's Head Office is in Wallingford, about 14 miles from Oxford.

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a public-sector research centre - part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) - which delivers independent research, survey, training and knowledge transfer in the environmental sciences to advance knowledge of planet Earth as a complex, interacting system.

CEH's headquarters is in Wallingford, in the Thames Valley, about 13 miles from Oxford.

The Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network ( is sponsored by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), the Government’s leading body for business-led innovation. The ES KTN’s primary role is to catalyse development and uptake of innovative technology-based products and services for future markets, accelerating the transition to a low carbon, resource and energy efficient economy.

It connects businesses, universities, other research organisations & Government agencies, driving the flow of people, knowledge and experience between businesses and the science base. Membership is free.

We have a business-led strategy, focussed on areas where there is greatest potential for addressing these objectives, such as Sustainable Land Management and Food Production, where we are supporting developments around the recently launched UK Agri-tech strategy.

For further information on the Environmental Sustainability KTN, or to join our Network as a Member, visit

Food Animal Initiative (fai) was set up by farmers in 1998 in recognition of the fact that commercially robust alternative systems that significantly raise animal welfare standards, tackle environmental concerns and address issues of human health - can and do exist.

The objectives of fai are:

  • To develop sustainable farm systems that provide discernable benefits to animal welfare, the environment and human health.
  • To demonstrate the success of these systems through practical and commercial application. To breed animals that are fit for their Environment.
  • To supply knowledge to commercial farmers and other interested parties.

FAI Farms is based at the Oxford University Farm in Wytham, just outside Oxford.

LandShare is a Social Enterprise, established to act as a catalyst for change in the way we manage land and its resources.

They are currently working on a project called FoodPrint Oxford, which aims to investigate the environmental impact and resilience of Oxford’s food system, the potential for improvement, and to take the first steps in engaging the city to set targets for a sustainable food strategy.

LandShare are based in Summertown, in Oxford.

Food is a key issue that Oxfam works on. Their GROW campaign aims to transform the food system by establishing sustainable - and environmentally sound - agricultural production that will be able to feed a world population of 9 billion by 2050. It also aims to address the huge inequalities that exist in the food system.

It's a campaign that seeks to bring about a shift in global government attitudes to food trade and finance. It focuses on small-scale farming in developing countries, and changing attitudes to the world's scarce resources for a fairer future.

Oxfam UK is based in Oxford.

The Functional Food Cenre was opened in February 2009 by the founding Director, Professor Jeya Henry, building upon the work of his Nutrition and Food Research Group which has been providing research and consultancy services to the food and nutrition industry for over 20 years.

Their aim is undertake leading edge research focussed on tackling obesity, improving glycaemic control and reducing inflammation, thereby helping to improve the health and well-being of the global population and to develop and deliver a range of highly valued services underpinned by our research to support the food industry.

Their current research focus is Obesity, Glycaemic Control and Inflammation:

  • Glycaemic Research - internationally recognised as being a leading centre for research into glycaemic response and continue to be one of the largest centres in Europe working in this area.
  • Appetite and Satiety - key research areas is weight maintenance and energy balance.
  • Polyphenol Research - done a considerable amount of testing on the polyphenol content and antioxidant activity of a variety of food and drinks, investigating their stability and potential bioavailability.

The RAU was established in 1845 and is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the delivery of education, research and consultancy, in and relating to, agriculture and the rural environment.

Their undergraduate and postgraduate courses help their students to achieve their future dreams in the agricultural, land, business management, food, equine and property industries.

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) was set up in 2000 to help recycling take off in the UK and to create a market for recycled materials.

Their work to reduce food waste ranges from working with farmers to increase uptake of quality digestate and compost in agriculture, to working with consumers to reduce food waste in the home.

WRAP's headquarters are in Banbury.