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Assuring food security to 2050

As a way to continue engagement with our previous theme year, Food Security, The Humanitarian Centre facilitated a seminar presenting issues surrounding  the subject. ‘Assuring food security to 2050’ seminar, jointly conceived by The Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA) and the Humanitarian Centre in collaboration with CambPlant, Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) and the University’s Global Food [more…]

an image of people being evacuated from near Prof Stephens house on the banks of a huge dry river which almost never runs. Over the past month torrential rain has caused immeasurable erosion and damage along the river bank forcing 10,000 families to be evacuated in the province alone.

Do we have a right to sustainable development?

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, the Humanitarian Centre hosted a panel discussion with the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment on the question “Do we have a right to sustainable development?”. We were lucky to have three distinguished speakers: Professor Carolyn Stephens, Dr Catherine MacKenzie, and Professor Peter Guthrie. Professor Stephens connected [more…]

The recent webinar that the Humanitarian Centre hosted discussed a number of issues around justice in development.

Human Rights and Justice

The Humanitarian Centre is constantly working to explore areas of interest to international development, and over the years these have taken many forms, including looking at food security and health. This year we are looking at Empowering Voices and Human Rights, and in the recent event on “Justice within reach – how the law can empower”, [more…]

Our Director Lara Allen at the African Film Festival announcing the start of the Empowering Voices Year.

Empowered Voices

The Humanitarian Centre has been working for a number of years on facilitating innovative international development by building effective partnerships between the members of our network in Cambridge and the developing world. This year we are drawing attention to the importance of working directly with people and communities in developing countries and prioritising their goals [more…]


Technology and Development Classes- Development i-Teams

I-Teams in collaboration with the Humanitarian Centre, will be launching an exciting new programme – Development i-Teams – for the first time in Easter Term 2015. The programme will run on Thursday evenings at the IfM, from May 14th to June 11th. Teams will investigate how to maximise the impact of new technologies in the [more…]


Launch of the 2014 Cambridge International Development Report at the Liberated Feast

By Millie Cherfils   New report and awareness-raising feast bring local focus to global poverty   Between the soup course and the main dish of rice and vegetables, dozens of people who gathered for a feast heard about hunger months in South Sudan and the plight of banana farmers striving to earn a living wage [more…]

Prof Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge; Dr Nim Njuguna, Chair of Nakuru Environmental and Conservation Trust; Prof Richard Andrews, Deputy Vice Chancellor Anglia Ruskin University (CC) The Humanitarian Centre

The Ambassadors Launch Event

By Millie Cherfils & Lara Allen   Extending the reach of Cambridge’s impact in the global community was the theme of the Launch of the Humanitarian Centre’s Ambassadors group on October 27. The event was hosted by Lord Richard Wilson, the Humanitarian Centre’s Patron, in the Gardner Room of Emmanuel College.    

Lara Allen, Director, The Humanitarian Centre

The Humanitarian Centre has a new Director!

The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Lara Allen as our new director. Lara has worked extensively in international development and has the ideal mix of skills to lead the Humanitarian Centre during its 2014-15 year on Empowered Voices and into the future.  Lara has a PhD from the University [more…]

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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 [more…]