November 29, 2011, by brzjch

Celebrating a century of Global Food Security research and training

It’s a fitting tribute to the University’s investment in Agriculture and Food related activities that it has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its work on Global Food Security.

The first magazine produced by students studying Agriculture at Nottingham appeared in 1911 and a centenary version of ‘Agrimag’ has recently been published. Research and training was initially focused on the dairy industry and then studies on crop husbandry and soil science became established on the Sutton Bonington campus. The University now houses one of the largest communities of plant, crop, animal and food experts in the UK and is undertaking world-leading research to discover new ways of providing a sustainable food supply to satisfy the demands of the world’s ever increasing population.

 In addition, Bioscientists on the University’s Malaysia campus are carrying out ground breaking investigations into the growth and development of tropical crops for food, fuel and fibre. The submission to the Queen’s Anniversary Prize was entitled ‘Global food security – closing the knowledge gap’ here’s hoping that by the time the bicentenary edition of Agrimag is published starvation and malnutrition are as rare as overconsumption and obesity.

Jerry Roberts

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