Food systems are failing many. One billion people are still hungry. Two billion people don’t have sufficient nutrients to lead a healthy life. And one and a half billion people are consuming too much. Meanwhile, producing, processing, distributing and consuming food all contribute to degrading the natural resources upon which our food security depends. How can food systems be better managed, and how can we build the new professions needed to do this?

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 for research and training on food security issues, and developing research partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders including business, policy, development agencies, NGOs and academia at large. More about our food systems concept for research?


Food Systems Research

Our Food Systems research aims to enhance the efficiency of food systems to improve food security while minimising environmental impacts. Led by Dr John Ingram

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Food Systems Training (IFSTAL)

We offer Food Systems training as part of the HEFCE-funded 'Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning' programme IFSTAL, which addresses the urgent need for a workforce skilled in food systems thinking. Led by Dr John Ingram

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Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS)

We lead the Scenarios Component of a ten-year research initiative launched in 2011 by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and 'Future Earth'. Led by Dr Joost Vervoort.

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Food Climate Research Network

This 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. Led by Dr Tara Garnett

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ECI Food news

Many people agree that food production and animal rearing contributes to environmental problems, but there is less unanimity as to the causes of these problem

Garnett, T. (2015) Gut feelings and possible tomorrows: (where) does animal farming fit? FCRN research report

Where does animal farming fit in tomorrow's world?

A new think piece on the future of livestock production has been published by the Food Climate Research Network and examines a range of different livestock futures in an attempt to understand the possible scenarios in which livestock rearing could have a lesser impact on the environment.

  • May 2015

Moving from Knowledge to Action: Blogging research and outcome highlights

This blog book tells the story of CCAFS research theme 'Linking Knowledge with Action'; its approach and lessons learned throughout the years.

  • January 2015

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Food Programme staff

 Julian Cottee Julian CotteeResearcher, Nexus
Dr Tara GarnettDr Tara GarnettFood Climate Research Network Leader
Dr Ariella HelfgottDr Ariella HelfgottSenior Researcher, TRANSMANGO
Dr John IngramDr John IngramLeader, Food Research Programme
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Steven LordDr Steven LordResearcher, TRANSMANGO
 Maliha Muzammil Maliha MuzammilResearcher, TRANSMANGO and WEFWEBS
Dr Marie PerssonDr Marie PerssonFCRN Communications and Network Development Officer
Dr Lucas RuttingDr Lucas RuttingResearcher, CCAFS
 Roger Sykes Roger SykesFood Systems Programme Manager
Dr Joost VervoortDr Joost VervoortSenior Researcher, TRANSMANGO and SUSFANS
Dr Rebecca WhiteDr Rebecca WhiteInnovative Food Systems Education Coordinator
Dr Monika ZurekDr Monika ZurekSenior Researcher, SUSFANS