Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security


We are an interdisciplinary hub of research, teaching and consulting expertise, to support decision making to transform agri-food systems and food security.

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Feeding the world’s growing population well, while protecting the natural systems on which we all depend, is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Over a third of the global population is affected by one or more forms of malnutrition – be that hunger, obesity or micronutrient deficiency. Agriculture, core to achieving food security, is both a key driver of environmental degradation, and extremely vulnerable to environmental change. 

The world population is expected to reach 11 billion by the end of this century. Demands on natural systems and resources are also at an all-time high, and so it is essential that we find new ways to feed the growing population without destroying the planet.

Achieving sustainable, healthy diets underpins many of the Sustainable Development Goals – especially those concerned with hunger, poverty, health, gender equality, land, responsible consumption and production, and climate action.

The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security brings people together from across the University of Edinburgh and our partner institutions to work on this complex global challenge – underpinned by world-leading interdisciplinary research, teaching and engagement.

Our Vision

Socially, environmentally and economically sustainable global agri-food systems.

Our Mission

Agenda-setting, impactful, inter-disciplinary research; inspiring lifelong education and training; promoting partnership and engagement.

Learn about our research themes.

Our key expertise

Global Academy Staff have expertise spanning:

  • Human nutrition and public health
  • Agricultural systems, ecology and soil science
  • Land use, environmental and agri-food systems
  • Climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation
  • Agricultural and natural resource economics
  • International law and governance of natural resources
  • International development
  • Data science, mathematical modelling and decision support
  • Innovation, regulation, policy and governance
  • Behaviour change and social networks
  • Animal science and livestock systems
  • Veterinary public health, population medicine and animal health policy.

For more details see: Our staff

About the Academy video

In this video, Director Geoff Simm discusses the Global Academy's mission and values


Our staff and students value working on ‘real world’ opportunities and challenges. We are happy to discuss your research and consultancy project needs.

Our People

The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security is an interdisciplinary hub of expertise to support the transformation of agri-food systems though agenda-setting, impactful, inter-disciplinary research, teaching and translation to policy and practice, with local and global partners.

Global Academies at the University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh hosts five Global Academies.

Jameel Observatory

The Jameel Observatory for Food Security Early Action has been created to help tackle the growing threat to people in the world’s drylands posed by the increasing severity and frequency of climate-related disasters.