Meeting the challenges of a growing population
With the world’s population set to rise to nine billion by 2050, we face huge challenges in providing enough nutritious food for everyone, using methods that are environmentally sustainable. At the same time, as the population ages, more people will experience non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, dementia and cancer. Our world-leading research in Agriculture, Food and Health is addressing these challenges.
Food is not only a basic need but is also vital to our health, wellbeing and cultural identity. The food we eat and how we produce it has wide-ranging impacts on our lives.
From agri-environmental research to diseases which cross the species barrier between animals and people, our applied work relates to real-world issues and extends through the food chain to connect with health, the environment, economic prosperity, heritage and culture.
We apply our expertise to address global issues including climate change, resource degradation, hunger, poverty, diet and health. Our experts work with partners globally and locally to influence both policy and practice to ensure evidence-informed decision making.
To better understand and develop new therapies for complex health conditions such as dementia and heart disease, we work with a well-established network of clinical partners, both in the UK and globally. We work across disciplines to enhance well-being, prevent disease, improve diagnoses, develop new therapies and advance clinical practice.