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 School of Geography and the Environment

Food Programme

The ECI has an internationally-recognised track record in food systems research, with special emphasis on the interactions with environmental change. Key strengths include using a food systems lens to research food security issues, and developing research partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders including business, policy, development agencies, NGOs and academia at large.

Food Systems Research

John IngramECI’s Food Systems research aims to enhance the efficiency of food systems to improve food security while minimising environmental impacts. View full list of projects

Led by John Ingram. View Food Systems projects

Food Systems Training (IFSTAL)

ECI’s Food Systems training, delivered as part of the HEFCE-funded 'Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning' programme IFSTAL, addresses the urgent need for a workforce skilled in food systems thinking.
Summary of IFSTAL programme

Led by John Ingram.


Joost VervoortClimate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security is a ten-year research initiative launched in 2011 by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and 'Future Earth').

The ECI delivers the Scenarios Component, led by Joost Vervoort.


Tara GarnettThe Food Climate Research Network combines integrative research into food systems and climate change mitigation, with a strong drive to foster change through knowledge sharing, dissemination and project seeding across disciplines and sectors. Running since 2005 and having recently moved to the ECI, it is currently funded by CCAFS and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food

FCRN is led by Tara Garnett.


Network Affiliations

Future of Food

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food is an interdisciplinary programme of research and policy engagement concerning all aspects of the food system, based at the University of Oxford.

Planet EarthThis briefing is about how different futures might affect food security and environmental change in East Africa. ECI Insights for Policy 1 (2013).

Doctoral Students

Franziska Gaupp: 'Global risks to food supplies of correlated droughts'