The bigger picture. Context, inspiration and other work in this space.

MSc in Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS)

The world’s climate is rapidly changing due to global warming, and will continue to do so for the decades and centuries ahead. This poses major challenges for future agricultural systems to provide food and other bioresources for the 10 billion people that will occupy the planet by 2050.

Badge showing best new postgraduate course winner 2016

The 1 year MSc in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) provides students with the skills and tools for developing agricultural practices, policies and measures addressing the challenge that global warming poses for agriculture and food security worldwide.

The MSc CCAFS programme is a partnership with the international CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which is led by the CGIAR and Future Earth, and currently involves over 700 partners worldwide .

Sustainable Food Systems, CIAT

CIAT Sustainable Food Systems initiative seeks to help guide food systems toward an equitable and sustainable future, against a background of rapid globalization and urbanization, which have profound impacts on human diets. Its research focuses on shifting and uncertain patterns in food delivery and consumption, developing new knowledge and interventions to better enable developing countries to provide all urban and rural consumers with ready access to healthy food.

CIAT Sustainable Food Systems Lead Mark Lundy
talks about building sustainable food systems for the majority.

Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) food security theme area presents the ‘big facts’ – major challenges within and stemming from the food system now, and in the coming decades.

Check out the Big Facts series here.

Urban Food Systems for Better Diets, IFPRI

Source: IFPRI (Adapted from GLOPAN (2016)).

Also under the CGIAR umbrella, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has launched a new research program on Urban Food Systems for Better Diets, Nutrition and Health. The program aims to: guide policymakers and other key actors in designing and implementing effective food system policies to support healthier diets and optimal nutrition and health for the urban poor.

Hungry Planet series, Peter Menzel

This series by photographer Peter Menzel is a few years old now but remains relevant and pretty powerful. You can find his work at:

The video below also shows Peter talking about his travels and insights on diets around the world and their impacts on health.

Peter Menzel with more on what the world eats at a TED talk in 2009.

What the World Eats, National Geographic

National Geographic’s What the World Eatspart of its ‘Future of Food’ series. Also uses FAOSTAT data and compares world ‘daily diets’ per food group, and how this has changed between 1961 and 2011.

‘Confronting the new face of malnutrition’, Barry M. Popkin

‘Confronting the new face of malnutrition:
Regulatory and Fiscal Approaches to Improving Diets’,
28th Annual Martin J. Forman Memorial Lecture
by Distinguished Professor Of Nutrition, Barry M. Popkin.

‘What’s wrong with what we eat’, Mark Bittman

New York Times food writer, Mark Bittman on ‘what’s wrong’ with the food system (2007).

‘The future of food’, Michael Silverstein

Michael Silverstein presents some of the implications of economic growth and dietary transitions.

Michael Silverstein on changing dietary trends and the ‘future of food’.