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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.

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...)

2014 Innovation & Development Hackathon Finale Results

2014 Innovation & Development Hackathon Finale Results

So you’re in the biscuit aisle of the supermarket, pondering your options for a teatime snack. Seemingly a simple decision . . . But of course every pack of biscuits has a story behind it – and as a conscientious, thoughtful person, you might like to know what that story is. Just as we ask how the animals were treated on the farm before they go to the butcher, and whether or not our vegetables grew in chemically-treated fertilisers or organic ones – so we might also like to know about the (more...)

2014 Hackathon Challenges announced!

The challenges for the 2014 Innovation & Development Hackathon are live!  As part of the Humanitarian Centre’s Global Food Futures Year, this year’s challenges explore how we can use technology to help UK consumers make better choices about the food they eat, and its impact on the health, wealth and welfare of people and planet.
And the challenges are . . .
The Fairtrade Foundation  - www.fairtrade.org.uk
This is a unique opportunity to put your mind to work on converting high levels of (more...)

MEAT the limit: Initiative challenges us to eat less meat

MEAT the limit: Initiative challenges us to eat less meat

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) states that almost 1 billion people are undernourished. But why is this the case, when we already produce more than one and a half times enough food to feed the entire planet? There are many reasons. This article examines the issue of meat production, a factor which is controlled by our own choices.
Alarmingly, the food we eat has a direct impact on the security of others and the long term sustainability of our planet. Levels of global meat (more...)

Video: Launch of the Global Food Futures Year

Video: Launch of the Global Food Futures Year

If you weren’t able to join us on the evening of October 8th for the Launch of the Global Food Futures Year, you can now listen to Camilla Toulmin’s (Director of IIED) powerful keynote address, introductions by Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz,Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and Professor Ottoline Leyser of the Sainsbury Laboratory and quickfire presentations by:

Dr Bhaskar Vira of the Cambridge University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security 
Dr Aled Jones of the (more...)

Questioning our Global Food Futures – how will we feed the whole world?

Questioning our Global Food Futures – how will we feed the  whole world?

How will we feed the whole world? It’s a big question. It’s a big question that subsumes millions of smaller questions. And all over the world, millions of people are looking for answers: farmers experiment with farming practices for higher yields; policy makers make policies to stabilise food prices; researchers do research—from anthropology to zoology—to understand the impacts of changes to the food system; consumers ponder more economical, ethical and sustainable ways to consume . . (more...)

October 8th is the Launch of the Global Food Futures Year!

October 8th is the Launch of the Global Food Futures Year!

The Launch of the Global Food Futures Year will take place on:
Tuesday 8 October 2013, 6:00pm -8:30pm at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge.
The keynote address will be given by Dr Camilla Toulmin, Director of the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), with an introduction by Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
Before Dr Toulmin’s keynote speech, the audience will enjoy flash presentations by influential (more...)

Enough Food for Everyone IF Campaign Update

Enough Food for Everyone IF Campaign Update

It was an amazing turn out at The Big IF in Hyde Park: 45,000 people came along; 200 campaigners met with their MPs; and 30,000 school children delivered hand-written messages on paper plates to David Cameron.
All-in-all 1.4 million actions were taken during the IF Campaign–so what were the outcomes of our actions at the G8? And what happens next? On 24th July supporters and campaigners of The IF Campaign (including me!) met with IF Campaign leaders to discuss exactly this.
In the IF Café (more...)

The Finale!

The Finale!

The 2013 Innovation and Development Hackathon, came to a close on the 23rd March after a week of intensive collaboration and innovation. (more...)

Innovation & Development Hackathon Finale

Innovation & Development Hackathon Finale

“What exactly is a Hackathon?” This is a question that participants in the Innovation & Development Hackathon have answered many times over the past week.
The term hackathon is appropriated from the tech community; it is an event that brings different people together, for a period of intensive collaboration, to “hack” out a solution to a problem, or come up with a new, usable idea or project.
At the Innovation & Development Hackathon, students and professionals work in teams for one (more...)