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Identify reasons why food security may be an issue needing specific attention - FO0416

Description
The aim of this project was to undertake some small and distinct scoping studies under the broad heading ‘Identify reasons why UK food security may be an issue needing specific attention’. The project examines information on the food supply network, and the interaction with consumer access and practice in relation to food security, and assess the role of novel modelling approaches and complexity science in improving our understanding of the functioning of the supply network. The studies were undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of social scientists, natural scientists, complexity scientists and engineers/modellers.
Objective
The specific objectives were as follows:

1. Identify the main ‘drivers of current change’ in the UK food supply network, in the light of challenges to food security and their likely variations in the short and long term.
2. Assess the likely major impacts of changes in key ‘drivers of change’ on the food supply network in the UK.
3. Review the impact such changes might have on consumer food access and availability, particularly locating potential for differential impacts on different social, economic, geographic or demographic groups.
4. Determine whether novel modelling approaches and/or complexity science are appropriate methods for investigating the dynamics of the food supply network.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : 'Identify reasons why food security may be an issue needing specific attention' (FO0416)   (681k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2008

To: 2009

Cost: £50,640
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Warwick - HRI
Keywords
Farming              
Food and Drink              
Food Chain              
Food manufacturing industry              
Food Security              
Resource efficient and resilient food chain              
Sustainable Farming and Food Science              
Fields of Study
Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain