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In 2013, the Humanitarian Centre will be launching a a year-long focus on Food Security. For the past two years, the Humanitarian Centre has held similar ‘themed years’, on Global Health (2011-2012) and ICT4D (2010-2011), to help build and strengthen a network of individuals and organisations, in Cambridge and beyond, to more effectively address these global challenges. Watch this space for information about our upcoming events–or join our Food Security mailing list, and we’ll send fortnightly news and updates right to your inbox.

2014 International Development Report

2014 International Development Report

The Humanitarian Centre’s focus on Food Security culminated in Sunday’s release of the 2014 International Development Report.
Have a look inside too see how we have developed our concepts for dealing with food insecurity. Please get involved, all content is there to be engaged with, critiqued, and built on.

For any comments or questions, please look on our twitter account. Be part of the debate.
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The “System of rice intensification (SRI)”: an unexpected outcome of field observations on farming practices

Scaling, mechanisation and intensification have been key issues inmodern agriculture, that being the post-Second World War period. Concerns about the sustainability and resilience of agricultural production systems, especially in light of climate change and environmental degradation, have been dominating debates about global food security.
Sophisticated research by universities and international institutes – including complex modelling efforts – has brought about major breakthroughs like (more...)

Conservation agriculture for sustainable crop production intensification

When talking about conservation agriculture (CA), it is usually best to be sure that common ground is being discussed.  To that end, let’s start with a description of CA.  There are three basic principles which need to be adhered to:

Using only the minimum tillage necessary to place the seed and fertilizer at the correct depth in the soil.  In practice this will usually mean notillage
Maintaining permanent organic soil cover.  This requires leaving, as far as possible, crop residues in (more...)

Podcast: “Food Security, Biotechnology & Genetic Modification- a mature conversation”

Podcast:  “Food Security, Biotechnology & Genetic Modification- a mature conversation"

The recording of the Humanitarian Centre’s fascinating panel discussion, “Food Security, Biotechnology & Genetic Modification- a mature conversation”, held on 16 May 2014, at the Sainsbury Laboratory, is now available to stream.
 

“Food Security, Biotechnology & Genetic Modification- a mature conversation“ by Humcentre on Mixcloud
As part of the 2014 ‘Festival of Plants’ in Cambridge and The Humanitarian Centre’s Global Food Futures Year, we partnered with the Sainsbury Laboratory, (more...)

Report on the Sustainable Agriculture Development Seminar

Report on the Sustainable Agriculture Development Seminar

On 12 May, The Humanitarian Centre hosted a seminar on Sustainable Agriculture Development, led by the TAA (Tropical Agriculture Association), as part of the Global Food Futures Year. The following is a report on the seminar, written by the TAA. This report can also be downloaded here.
The  Sustainable Agriculture Development Seminar was led by the TAA (Tropical Agriculture Association), with enthusiastic support from the (more...)

Waste Not, Want Not

Waste Not, Want Not

The United Nations (UN) predicts that 70% more food will need to be produced by 2050 to feed a global population of 9 billion. However current increases in crop yields will not be sufficient to meet estimated demands. In fact as we look to increase crop production, we will face further problems that restrict the way we look to live. Land is a very finite resource and competition is fierce. Much is lost to biofuels, meat production and urbanisation. As a result, arable land is overused leading (more...)

Barbara Stocking & Jonathon Porritt on Climate Change, Food Security and Poverty

Barbara Stocking & Jonathon Porritt on Climate Change, Food Security and Poverty

On Friday June 13th, the Humanitarian Centre is delighted to invite you to join Dame Barbara Stocking and Sir Jonathon Porritt for a special conversation on climate change and food security as it affects the world’s most vulnerable people – and how we can work towards solutions to these challenges that benefit everyone.
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What is the role of biotechnology and genetic modification in ensuring there is enough food for everyone?

What is the role of biotechnology and genetic modification in ensuring there is enough food for everyone?

What has now been dubbed the “9 billion people question” looms large over our global food futures horizon. How exactly will we feed over 9 billion people by 2050, when so many people go hungry today?
Many have pointed out that there is in fact enough food for everyone today if we enact more equitable and transparent practices and policies around land and food. And others show that there is a strong role for science and evidence-based practice in cultivating crops that will produce more food (more...)

An end to the Hungry Gap – a Plethora of Global Food Futures Events for May (and June)

An end to the Hungry Gap - a Plethora of Global Food Futures Events for May (and June)

If you missed the Innovation & Development Hackathon in March, and are eager to engage in dialogue and activity around global food security, then we hope the many May and June events of the Global Food Futures Year will give you your fill!
Please get in touch with Programmes Manager, Anne Radl, for more information about any of our upcoming events.

Sustainable Agriculture Development Seminar
Monday 12 May 2014, 14.00 to 18.00; Hughes Hall, University of CambridgeDr
Willem Stoop of the University (more...)

Hasn’t the time come for some brave new thinking on food management?

Hasn’t the time come for some brave new thinking on food management?

On February 12th, the Humanitarian Centre was delighted to have the opportunity to ask Dr Andrew MacMillan, the former Director of Field Operations at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, to give a lecture as part of our Global Food Futures Year. The question he chose to challenge our audience with was, “Hasn’t the time come for some brave new thinking on food management?”  (more...)