Cambridge Conference on Global Food Security 2016

23.06.16 - 24.06.16

Harnessing the natural and social sciences for future food supply,
sustainability and equality

 23-24 June 2016 – David Attenborough Building, Cambridge

Four_bean_varieties_in_a_gene_bankThe Conference will explore how to translate knowledge into action to secure future food supply, sustainability and equality. We aim to cover the most exciting developments, and identify the most pressing knowledge gaps, across a wide range of different fields, seeking bridges across some of the fault-lines in Global Food Security discourse: small-holder farming versus agri-business, natural versus social science perspectives, grassroots versus top-down solutions, food security versus sovereignty, global supply chains versus local markets, global governance versus consumer power.


Thursday afternoon (23 June) will be given to scene-setting on the challenges of our changing world and the current course of research activity that seeks to meet them. Friday (24 June) will be devoted to more focused presentation and discussion of key areas within two parallel streams:

  • Food Security, Sustainability and Conservation (co-organised with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and Forum and run as the CCF Summer Symposium 2016)
  • Economics, Culture and Politics of Food (co-organised with the Centre of Development Studies).


We have gathered a distinguished group of researchers and practitioners including:

  • Professor Sir Brian Heap CBE FRS, President, European Academies Science Advisory Council
  • Dame Barbara Stocking CBE DBE, President, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge and Former Chief Executive, Oxfam GB
  • Professor Charles Godfray CBE FRS, Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food
  • Professor Cormac O’Grada, Professor of Economics, University College Dublin
  • Dr Nigel Poole OBE, Goodwill Ambassador for ICRISAT
  • Professor Rhys Green, Honorary Professor of Conservation Science, University of Cambridge, Principal Research Biologist, RSPB
  • Professor Fiona Smith, Warwick University
  • Professor Jipeng Sheng, Remnin University, China
  • Professor Taka Shoji, Rikkyo University, Japan


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