The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) has gained a £7.5 million award to implement a Food and Nutrition Security Initiative that will have a special focus on addressing climate change, food loss and food systems for nutrition.
NRI’s work will include analysing plant growth in different conditions in a new Plant Ecology Lab plus a Food Innovation Lab for research on processing of food products, such as fortified food and innovations to extend shelf life.
Director of the NRI, Andrew Westby, added: “This funding from Research England is transformational in terms of increasing NRI’s capacity to contribute to food and nutrition security, especially in Africa.
‘Food and nutrition security’ is about ensuring that people have enough safe and nutritious food.
With the Research England’s ‘Expanding Excellence in England’ (E3) funding, NRI will use an interdisciplinary ‘food systems approach’ to address food and nutrition security, which takes into account the complex interactions embedded in global food and nutrition.
At the same time, NRI will build on its Development Programmes, the institute’s thematic areas of work which respond to significant global challenges, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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