Global Partnerships

Our research aims to build sustainable and secure food systems in the Global South. To achieve this we need to transform our approaches to agriculture and food systems.

Achieving food security in the Global South is a crucial development goal which can lead to improvements in public health and increased economic growth. However, this goal faces many challenges, including changing cities, population growth, global market fluctuations, poverty, social inequalities and injustices and natural resource depletion.

Facing these challenges should be transformed by cross-disciplinary research and collaborative partnerships. Our research is investigating the interactions between health and nutrition, rural livelihoods, governance, food supply chains and markets and the environment.

The University of Leeds has a breadth of research expertise in food systems and is partnering with FANRPAN and organisations across Africa to contribute to making food and agriculture systems in sub-Saharan Africa more productive, sustainable and resilient to climate change."

Sithembile Mwamakamba, Climate Smart Agriculture Coordinator, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

Our projects

Our collaborations

Our researchers work with a variety of external collaborators, including:

Research institutions and universities

Policy and policy advocacy organisations

  • Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • Chatham House
  • Agricultural Consultative Forum (Zambia)
  • Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)
  • Civil Society Agriculture Network (Malawi)
  • National Agricultural Marketing Council (South Africa)

Meteorological agencies

  • UK Met Office
  • Zambia Meteorological Department
  • Department for Climate Change and Meteorological Services (Malawi)
  • Tanzania Meteorological Authority

Non-governmental and boundary organisations

  • Kulima Integrated Development Solutions
  • The 510 Initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross 

Our leading researchers

Dr Stephen Whitfield is Associate Professor in Climate Change and Food Security. He leads a theme of work under the GCRF-AFRICAP programme and is a co-investigator under the ACRES programme. He has particular interests in the socio-politics of agri-food systems.


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