CENTRE FOR FOOD & GLOBAL SECURITY
We're moving into uncharted territory in terms of both climate and biodiversity breakdown.
We must invest in understanding the potential for conflict, in order to plan and build for peace.
There is an urgent need to consider key impacts on society, with fair, continuing access to nutrition being one of the most critical. The availability or scarcity of staple ingredients can mean the difference between a civilised society and civil conflict. Interruptions in food supply may lead to nutritional insecurity, emphasising inequality, and acting alongside other social undercurrents to build resentment and increase the threat of civil unrest. At the more extreme end, this could lead to individuals or communities defending food supplies from other citizens.
Understanding and communicating risk is challenging. Research is often centred on a particular issue, for example, global warming, or biodiversity loss, or health – but real life is more complex. Threats exist in combination, wild cards emerge (e.g. coronavirus), and humans behave and react individually and en masse as positive, negative and often unpredictable forces. The World Climate & Security Report 2020 places water and food availability as the top climate-related accelerant of instability.
The Centre for Food & Global Security, established in 2020, will help identify threats, propose mitigation, and promote opportunities to ensure and improve global access to healthy, nutritious meals. Working with global experts we will develop and game realistic worst-case scenarios, investigate key themes in detail, report findings, and advocate high level policy responses.
Our objective is to deliver world class research and recommendations that will inform national and international food and security planning, and help to build stronger, safer,
and more resilient societies.
WE WILL DELIVER:
World class thought leadership and research
Practical threat mitigation pathways and frameworks
Commissioned food and security plans for businesses and governments