The world is facing a potential crisis in terms of food security. The challenge is to produce and supply enough safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way for a growing global population, which is projected to reach 9Bn by 2050.
Food security is not just about food production; interactions of social, economic and environmental factors add to and complicate the challenges faced. For example:
- Reduction in productive agricultural land
- Increased consumption of meat and animal products
- Growing urban populations
- Rising cost of crude oil
Climate change will exacerbate the pressures on food production, for example through:
- Temperature extremes
- Water availability
- Pest and disease distribution
It is vital that we invest now in research that will help us to deliver food security in the future.
BBSRC is the principal funder of food-related research in the UK and has food security as one of its key strategic drivers. We are committed to supporting research, knowledge transfer and training that can help us to address the threats to global food security and we are working with stakeholders and other funding partners to achieve this.