Governance

Food security in a globally-connected world will require better governance at all levels – local, national and international.

Following the release last year of the report on ‘Sustainable Intensification in Agriculture’ by the Food Climate Research Network and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, around 30 experts in this field, from academic, governmental, NGO and industrial organisations, were asked to give their comments on the report.

They were asked two key questions:

  1. Where has the report helped resolve issues, and where it is misguided or simply wrong?
  2. How should we move forward, and what is required for sustainable intensification to become a concept useful for those charged with implementing policy?

These comments have all been compiled into a report which can be downloaded here:

Comments on Report

However, before reading them, we suggest you first read the original report.

Science will be publishing an article by the authors on sustainable intensification on July 5th 2013. If you are interested in reading it, please check back here then, or sign up to our newsletters (FCRN and Future of Food).

You can find out more about our work on Sustainable Intensification on our Sustainable Intensification webpage.

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Food Climate Research Network’s founder to receive prestigious award for research on sustainable food systems

Dr Tara Garnett will receive the 2015 Premio Daniel Carasso at a ceremony in Madrid today (17 September 2015) for her commitment to reducing the food system’s impact on the climate through research and dialogue.

As a researcher at the University of Oxford and Lead of the Food Climate Research Network, Tara Garnett undertakes interdisciplinary research on sustainable food systems at the intersection of environmental sustainability, public health and ethics. The prize recognises her work and commitment, including her thorough research on the food system’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and on the potential that sustainable diets can play in reducing them.

Read more on FCRN's website here or download the FCRN Press Release.

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The Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)'s Call for Applications for funding international conferences (such as workshops, congresses and symposia) and research fellowship grants in 2015 is now open. 

The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday 10 September 2014, midnight (Paris time).

For more information and online application, please visit the OECD website.

Applications should fit into one of the three following research themes:

  • The Natural Resources Challenge
  • Sustainability in Practice
  • The Food Chain
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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have come together under the auspices of the Global Food Security programme, to jointly fund four to six research grants relating to understanding the challenges of the food system. Joint funding of up to £1.87 million at 100 per cent full economic costing (fEC) is available for this call.

Read the full details of this call on the ESRC website.

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A major study into how Britain’s entire food system must change to keep food affordable without destroying nature, at a time of soaring world population growth, was unveiled by Farming Minister Jim Paice today.

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This year's Green Templeton College lectures were on the theme of Feeding a Better Future. Speakers included

  • Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College
  • Dr Alex Richardson, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford
  • Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City University, London
  • Professor Jeyakumar Henry, Director, Clinical Nutrition Sciences, Singapore Institute of Clinical Sciences; Director, Functional Food Centre, Oxford Brookes University.

These lectures, held in January and February 2013, are now available as podcasts from the GTC website and you can download the lecture presentations as well.

You can also access these podcasts from the Oxford University podcast website

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  • By 2050, reduced fruit and vegetable intake could cause twice as many deaths as under-nutrition
  • Three-quarters of all climate-related deaths due to changes in food production are estimated to occur in China and India

 

Read the accessible PDF here

 

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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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Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP)

Call for job applicants

May 2017

Supported by the Wellcome Trust Our Planet Our Health Programme.

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The University of Oxford Environmental Change Institute's Food Systems Programme is looking to hire a Food Systems Programme Manager.

Location: School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Salary: Grade 6: £27,057 - £32,277 p.a.

Application deadline: 12.00 noon on Wednesday 8 April 2015

For more information, please visit the Oxford University Recruitment website or download the Job Description and Person Specification

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