Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Science Search

Science and Research Projects

Return to Science Search homepage   Return to Project List

East Coast Ports and Food Supply - FO0454

This project seeks to address the possible issues, outcomes and contingency mechanisms needed to ensure the resilience of the food supply in response to a potential east coast tidal surge, which could severely impact on the capacity of east coast ports for a medium-term period.
The results will inform Government, the food industry and the ports sector about what they should consider in case of such a major event and how they could prepare for it in order to alleviate its adverse effects on the UK food import and to restore a normality of the food import as quickly as possible.
The project will consist of four objectives, namely:

1) understanding the landscape of food imports across the UK port sector (e.g. what arrives where and preferably when);
2) conducting a scenario-based study to evaluate the consequences of a major east-coast tidal flooding event and to recommend response/recovery measures at the policy level to maintain the food import to the UK;
3) performing a literature review-based study to assess how consumers would react to pressures on household food security due to an event of this kind, and;
4) knowledge exchange with stakeholders to improve food import resilience.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Synthesis Report   (189k)
• ANX - Annex : Annex 1 - Modelling and Analysis   (712k)
• ANX - Annex : Annex 2 - Stakeholder Engagement   (160k)
• ANX - Annex : Annex 3- Consumer Behaviour   (433k)
• ANX - Annex : Sub-Annex 1 (Annex 1) Establishing the port of entry for UK food imports PRBAssociates   (196k)
• ANX - Annex : Sub-Annex 2 (Annex 1) - East coast tidal flooding scenarios   (470k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2014

Cost: £117,592
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University College London
Food Chain              
Food Security              
Fields of Study
Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain