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BBSRC welcomes EFRA committee’s report on food security

21 July 2009

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) welcomes the EFRA committee’s report on food security, published today. The report highlights the essential role of UK scientific research in tackling the growing but preventable food security crisis.

BBSRC funds around £185M per year to support research relevant to food security and earlier this year it brought together a wide range of organisations to discuss the contribution of research to global food security.

Scientists, policymakers and funders worked with farmers, food manufacturers, retailers, economists and others to identify the challenges to delivering sustainable food security and the research needed to overcome them. This multi-agency effort, led by BBSRC, identified a number of potential priority areas for research; and a subsequent consultation on these has now closed having received a large number of stakeholder views. The responses to the consultation will be analysed and used to guide a food security research road map for the UK research councils.

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