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Centre for Food Security – University of Reading

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Centre for Food Security

The Centre for Food Security at the University of Reading joins together existing areas of research excellence to provide a platform for real-world research into the challenges of ensuring global food security. We collaborate with policy makers, industry and the global research community to help ensure resilient, sustainable and healthy food chains. At Reading we have an international reputation for research spanning the whole food chain, and in particular we have strengths in the areas of food chain and health, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity. We also have expertise in climate systems science and in human health. Our approach to food security is broad. It is about society using its resources effectively and efficiently to meet to meet global nutritional needs. This means producing and supplying the food that consumers want and need without imposing excessive burdens on the ecosystems which support our food production.

Research programmes

In order to facilitate the cross disciplinary working that is necessary to meet the global food security challenge, our work is organised into five work programmes:

  • Lipids in the food chain
  • Phytochemicals in the food chain
  • Animals in food security
  • Resilience in the food system
  • Modelling the food system.

Organisation of the Centre for Food Security


Professor Richard Tiffin

Advisory board

Professor Glenn Gibson representing a theme in Diet and Health

Professor Ken Norris representing a theme in Biodiversity

Professor Tim Wheeler representing a theme in Sustainable Agriculture

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For more information please contact Vicky Knox 

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