Global Academy of Agriculture & Food Security

Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security

The Global Academy of Agriculture & Food Security was established by the University of Edinburgh in 2016 to help tackle global challenges to food systems around the world. Its aim is to support sustainable development in global agriculture and rural land-based and aquatic economies, through providing world-leading research, innovation, education, training and consulting, in support of global food and environmental security, sustainable rural development, animal and human wellbeing.

To help achieve this aim the University is investing £35m to deliver targeted education, training, research, innovation and consulting, to contribute to global food and environmental security, sustainable rural development, animal and human welfare. Much of its activity will focus on bringing together experts form different field to help solve the challenges being faced.

The Academy activity will focus on four key themes:
1. Agri-Food Systems Innovation – Transformation of global agri-food systems to drive resilient and sustainable food systems.
2. One Genetics – Transferring step technology changes in genetic and genomic technologies for application in low and middle income countries.
3. One Health – Novel approaches to disease prevention in crop and livestock and its impact on human health through optimising systems for food and nutritional security.
4. One Planet – Development of climate and environmentally resilient crop and livestock systems through reducing waste and capitalising on animal-plant-soil microbe interactions.

These themes will be underpinned by informatics, data science and modelling capability, which will be applied from gene to global scales.

Most of the Academy’s UK based activity will be focused at the Easter Bush Cluster.

More information can be found at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/global-agriculture-food-security