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DPhil student

Lottie Chapman DPhil student working in the Department of Plant Sciences on reducing post harvest waste. She is co-supervised by Professor Lee Sweetlove and Dr Nick Kruger. Her research is focused around understanding post-harvest plant metabolism and physiology changes to reduce crop wastage. 

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As part of the Environmental Change Institute's Big Ideas Seminar Series Dr Prabhu Pingali, of Cornell University, will speak about economic growth, structural transformation and the evolving food security challenge. 
 
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By John Ingram, Food Systems Programme Leader, Environmental Change Institute, on the 'Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System' report to which he contributed:

It is well recognised that climate change poses considerable risks to global food production: IPCC AR5 and many other analyses detail where, by how much and to what types of production system given degrees of climate change will have impact. There are, however, fewer analyses of the challenges facing the food system as a whole. While disruptions to production are clearly important, climate change – and extreme weather in particular – will impact many of the food system’s ‘post-farm gate’ activities and hence food security; food security depends on more than just food production. For instance, damage to food transport and storage infrastructure due to storms and floods causes local shortages, affecting food affordability and variety. Temperature and humidity changes can lead to numerous food safety issues, and hence both health considerations and food waste, the later also affecting availability. Consumer behaviour can also change, leading to changes in diets and hence nutrition.

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Speaker: Dr Rosemary Collier from Warwick University

Date: Thursday 3rd December 

Time: 17:15

Location: Gottmann Room, School of Geography and the Environment

To register contact: roger.sykes@eci.ox.ac.uk

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Employing unit: Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning

Start date: As soon as possible

Closing date: 19 June 2015

Reference number: SF07948

Post type: Full-time, Fixed-term until 30 September 2018

Payscale: £28,695 to £38,511 per annum – please note salary is dependent on location/institution. Please consult the salary range in the local job advert for each institution.

Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning

IFSTAL seeks to recruit a team of five full-time Coordinators for the ‘Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning’ (IFSTAL) Programme, one to be based in each of the consortium institutions. The positions are fixed-term contracts from mid-2015 until 30 September 2018.

The University of Reading is collecting applications for all five institutions, so to formally apply, please visit Jobs at the University of Reading – University of Reading or contact Human Resources, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH. Telephone +44(0)118 378 6771 (voicemail)

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Reporting to the Director of Science and the Head of Natural Capital & Plant Health, you will be a member of the Plant Resources research team with responsibility for carrying out and publishing research applying modelling approaches to crops, crop wild relatives and other resource-providing plants relevant to both the needs of the Food Security Impacts of Industrial Crop Expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa project and the overarching themes of NCPH and Kew’s science strategy.

Contract: 3 years contract (January 2018) 

Salary: £30,786

Location: Kew Gardens, Richmond, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex

Closing Date: 05/06/2015

For more information, please view this vacancy on the Kew Gardens website or downaload the Job Profile

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By Hannah Rowlands, Programme Coordinator

The theme of this year’s World Food Day is family farming, which brings together the importance of ensuring global food security and achieving sustainable development in the world’s poorest countries. But why are these such important issues? And why is it so difficult to find solutions that tick all the boxes?

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Ethics of Food Security in a Changing Society – Learning from the Past to Shape the Future

24th September 2014 @Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park

The conference will be followed by a public lecture for which the confirmed speaker is Professor Tim Benton, the UK Champion for Global Food Security.

Abstract submission:

Abstracts will be selected for poster and oral presentation according to their relevance with the conference’s core themes. Abstract submission will open on the 25th of April and close on the 1st of June.

Abstracts have to be sent to foodsecurity@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk

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Professor Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, recently gave the Florida Climate Institute distinguished scholar seminar sponsored by Kevin and Jeanette Malone on "The Role of Sustainable Intensification in Global Food Security".

You can watch his lecture on the University of Florida website.

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Narratives of food insecurity tend to pass over unconventional foods as invisible to local sustenance. Perhaps it's the gross-factor to Western perspective, but we're ignoring an important component to what could be a more localized approach to sustainable food systems. See how one documentary series from the World Food Programme normalizes various food sources.

 

 

 

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