The University of Sheffield has been awarded £1.2 million to lead a network of researchers working to build a sustainable, resilient global food system.

Today’s complex global food supply chains are fragile and threatened by a ‘perfect storm’ of coinciding risks, with demand set to increase by 70 per cent by 2050, while 30-50 per cent of food produced globally is currently wasted and climate breakdown is already impacting existing systems.

Experts at the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Sustainable Food will lead the second phase of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Food Network+, which will bring together industry experts, academics, farmers, consumers and policy makers to devise an innovative way to address food security challenges.

Dr Sonal Choudhary, Head of Operations Management and Decision Sciences Research Centre at the University of Sheffield, said: “The system that fills our supermarket shelves is frighteningly fragile, as climate breakdown threatens harvests while demand for food rises. Our research will draw on cutting-edge technologies and data science capabilities from the STFC to feed the world while protecting our natural environment.