IKnowFood: Integrating Knowledge for Food Systems Resilience


IKnowFood project researchers

Funded through the Global Food Security – Food System Resilience Fund, IKnowFood is a 3.3 million pound project led by researchers from the University of York. Starting in October 2016, this four year project seeks to improve productivity and sustainability across the food system to ensure resilient supply chains and influence food choices to relieve pressure on global food systems.

The leader of the project, Professor Bob Doherty of The York Management School, explains: “Systems of food production, trade and consumption are increasingly vulnerable to interconnected political, economic and ecological shocks associated with climate, environmental changes, shifts in farming practices and consumer lifestyle changes.

“We will take an interdisciplinary multi-stakeholder approach to develop a unified understanding of ‘food system resilience’ using tools and methods to integrate the knowledge and perspectives of hitherto disparate food system contributors.”

The Global Food Security-Food System Resilience programme is funded with contributions from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and the Scottish Government. The York project is supported by the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) and the N8 Agrifood Programme, and includes collaborators from across the universities of York, Liverpool and Manchester.

The research application was also supported by a range of industry partners, e.g. supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, fair trade pioneer Cafedirect, LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Soil Association, and CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International).

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