United Kingdom

A schematic overview of the main actors, programmes and governance structure for alignment of national research.

 

Cohort Directory

The Cohort Directory is a searchable tool of the UK's largest population cohorts. The aim of the directory is to signpost users to individual cohorts to maximise the use and translation of findings of these valuable UK assets. It has been developed in response to recommendations in the MRC Strategic Review of the Largest UK Population Cohort Studies (PDF, 2.07MB).
The information included in the cohort directory provides a high level overview of the cohort profile and type of variables and data collected.

Further details can be found here 

The UK Global Food Security Programme (GFS)

The UK's main public funders of food-related research and training are working together through the Global Food Security programme to meet the challenge of providing the world's growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of safe, nutritious, and affordable high-quality food using less land, with lower inputs, and in the context of global climate change, other environmental changes and declining resources.

Global Food Security Strategic Plan 2011-2016

Priority Research Questions for the UK Food System

The UK Global Food Security Programme (GFS) has undertaken an exercise to identify "Priority Research Questions for the UK Food System" to help define a research agenda for the UK food system in a global context. It complements other studies that have focussed on food production (e.g. agriculture) but not the full food system; such studies may have included some questions on markets and consumption, but framed from a productionist viewpoint. This project involved the wide range of actors engaged in the full suite of food system "activities" along the food chain (i.e. producing, processing, packaging, retailing and consuming); and others interested in food security or other socioeconomic and environmental "outcomes" of these activities. Emphasis was placed on incorporating a wide range of 'world views' from different stakeholder groups: policy, private sector, non-governmental organisations, advocacy groups and academia.

A summary of the project and its outcomes can be found here

Full details can be found in the following publication: Priority research questions for the UK food system. 2013 Food Security 5, 617-636.

Food Waste within Global Systems

A report commissioned by the UK's Global Food Security (GFS) programme has outlined the vital priorities for future research to address the growing problem of food waste. 'Food Waste within Global Systems' provides an independent assessment of the issues around food waste and losses in developing and developed countries. It suggests a number of potential future research priorities across the food supply chain, from food production through to food processing, retail and consumption, and at home. The report indicates that tackling waste is a major part of providing enough food to feed a growing population sustainably in the future.

The report in full can be found here