About the GFS-FSR Programme

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The Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context (GFS-FSR) is a £14.5 million, five-year research programme. It was launched in 2016 by the Global Food Security Programme (GFS), the UK’s cross government programme on food security research.

The Programme has been funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Scottish Government.

Across UK universities and institutes, 13 collaborative research projects are producing new evidence and recommendations for policy and practice. The results will help to identify and develop interventions to strengthen UK food security.

The research addresses three themes:

  • Optimising the productivity, resilience and sustainability of agricultural systems and landscapes
  • Optimising the resilience of food supply chains
  • Influencing food choice at individual and household level to both improve health and enhance food systems resilience

The Programme aims to help policymakers and practitioners improve the understanding of where the major vulnerabilities of the UK food system lie and how its resilience to environmental, biological, economic, social and geopolitical shocks can be enhanced.

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