The Global Food and Environment Institute (GFEI) is an interdisciplinary research community, which brings together members from across academia, industry and public policy.

We envisage a radically different global food system which works with nature and provides everybody with access to safe and nutritious food. Our aim is to develop enduring solutions that help bring about transformative change to create a food system that is socially-just, climate-smart and goes beyond sustainability; able to adapt vigorously to enhance the future habitability of our planet. 

We encourage disruptive thinking and foster collaboration. We work in partnership with expertise from across the University to offer the Sustainable Food Systems MSc for those interested in exploring research that underpins food sustainability from a multidisciplinary perspective. Through our education, networking, advocacy and events programmes, we work with our influential partners worldwide to challenge assumptions and break new ground.

Events and training

Monthly seminars

Our monthly online seminars are open to all. See the full schedule and book your place. (Photo: Chantal Garnier, Unsplash)

Free online course: Climate Change & Resilience in Food Systems

This free online course explores new research-led strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change on agriculture and food systems.

World Food Day 2020

GFEI partnered with the University of Pretoria and FANRPAN for World Food Day 2020 to support the Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) campaign to achieve Zero Hunger in Africa.

Addressing global food systems’ challenges

Professor Steven Banwart discusses how the GFEI addresses food security, environmental sustainability and dietary health.

How conservation agriculture helps African farmers combat climate change

Professor Andy Dougill explores the benefits of conservation agriculture, using evidence from his GCRF-AFRICAP research in Malawi.

Can Africa’s food system be both climate-smart and nutrition-sensitive?

Professor Caroline Orfila uses evidence from the GCRF-AFRICAP programme to explore complexity in the sub-Saharan African food system.

Why water policies in Africa need to change

Professor Anna Mdee explains why government policies need to adapt to the complex and diverse realities of African farming livelihoods.

Webinar: African action for zero hunger

A focus on the Glopan Foresight 2.0 Report and discussion from the Vice-Chancellors of the universities of Leeds and Pretoria.


Research spotlight

Sustainable food

Explore projects led by researchers in the Faculty of Environment, from farming to influencing consumer behaviour and reducing waste.

The National Pig Centre

We are working with partners across Europe to co-develop research programmes that address modern agricultural challenges.