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This research article provides a new quantitative analysis of data on global feed use and feed use efficiency by livestock, in order to help shed light on livestock’s role in food security.

The authors of this paper compare the impact of intensification in the beef and dairy sectors via two pathways; either intensification within a system (e.g. a mixed crop-livestock system) or through transitioning to another more productive system (from pasture to mixed crop-livestock production) and assesses the mitigation potential that could arise.   It reviews the impacts of these forms of intensification on both GHG emissions, land occupation and land use change (LUC), the last of which has often been excluded in other similar analyses.  


In this policy briefing “A Healthy and Sustainable Food Future Policy recommendations to embed sustainability in the Eatwell Guide and wider UK food policy” the Eating Better Alliance and Medact call on Public Health England (PHE), government more broadly and health professionals to do more to promote healthy and sustainable diets and to ensure that dietary recommendations underpin food and farming policy.

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Creative commons licence 2.0, Vanessa lollipop Flickr "Borough Market"

From FCRN member Professor Amir Sharif from Brunel University, we are including this recent article in The European Financial Review entitled “Food Security In The UK: A Post-Brexit View”. In it the authors discuss what factors the UK needs to consider post-Brexit in order to ensure consistent, safe and secure food production, supply and consumption.

You can read the article here (requires free registration).


Utrecht University has opened a post-doctoral position on governance for decarbonization transitions. This position will be affiliated with the Environmental Governance group, one of the four departments of the university’s Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, but also related closely with the Innovation Studies and Energy Sciences groups.

The three year position is for a post-doc who will work with the EU funded project ‘Realising Innovation in Transitions for Decarbonisation (REINVENT)’. The aim of the REINVENT project is to help Europe achieve its long-term climate objectives while supporting the development of broader societal benefits and the economy. REINVENT has the ambition to develop a new evidence-based framework to assess the viability, challenges and governance implications of decarbonisation pathways on four key economic sectors: steel, plastics, paper and food (meat and dairy). The project aims to study and understand transitions and emerging initiatives within these sectors and extrapolate the results to the wider European economy and a global context. The post-doc will contribute to the aims of REINVENT by carrying out research on the interactions and coherence between the EU climate policy, decarbonisation initiatives in the four sectors, and the global sustainable development agenda, as expressed by the Sustainable Development Goals. The post-doc will also contribute to key deliverables of the REINVENT project and assist in raising future funding.

Read more and apply here.

Addressing environmental challenges in agricultural supply chains is of growing concerning for corporations moving forward in improving their environmental stewardship. South Pole Group is working on implementing sustainable agriculture solutions in corporate supply chains to address this issue. They are looking to expand their Roster of experts with freelancers with expertise on specific commodities, such as dairy, cocoa, coffee, sugar, palm oil, cattle, soy or cotton to support the project teams. In addition, you have experience on working on topics such as smallholders, financing, capacity building, certification and sustainable production, carbon emission reduction, deforestation or water management in relation with the above commodities.

Tasks and responsibilities include:
- Support South Pole Group's team of international experts during the implementation of mandates for corporate and public clients, as team members and/or senior experts
- Work remotely with our team in Europe, Latin America and Asia
- Occasional travels for site visits, client meetings or workshops as required by the relevant mandates

Read more and apply here.

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutes on development policy and an Earth System Governance Research Centre. The department “Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management” is now seeking a researcher. Subject to final approval of funds, the position may be filled immediately and will end 28 February 2018.

The person will support the preparation of and follow up to the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) of the UN Convention on Climate change in Bonn by carrying out research and policy advice in the context of the research project “Klimalog – Research and dialogue for a climate-smart and just transformation”. The focus will be on climate policy at the interface to sustainable development, in particular on adaptation as well as loss and damage (L&D) in the context of the Paris climate agreement.

Read more here

The University of Hertfordshire is  seeking an early career researcher in modelling complexity in food systems and agriculture with post-doctoral experience looking to develop his/her career. The emphasis of the proposed role will be to develop and lead world-class research activity, both initiating research projects and seeking external funding for them. Also, the Fellow will be able to build on and support existing areas of expertise and work in the Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management (CAFEM) in the School of Life and Medical Sciences.

Examples of areas covered may be quite diverse, crossing and linking inter alia: the impacts of climate change, crop and plant production and disease patterns, ecosystem resilience, agricultural and food trade patterns, food supply chain resilience, and decision making. The Fellow will have the ability to use mixed method approaches (quantitative and qualitative) and work with large data sets to design computational based models addressing and simulating, for example, agent based behaviours under different scenarios.

Read more and apply here

The World Resources Conference (WRF 2017) is open to key stakeholders and offers information about emerging issues, global trends, progress and innovation in resources and raw materials management. This conference invites abstract submissions within the following three key topics: Policies and Governance, Technology and Innovation and Lifestyles and Education.

Submission in the three key topics can address following themes:

  • Mining and Supply Security
  • Raw Materials in the Informal Economy
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Green and Circular Economy
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • Decoupling, Life Cycle Thinking and Resource Efficiency
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Business & Financing
  • Recycling and Waste Management
  • Eco Cities
  • Sustainable Construction and Infrastructure
  • Mobility and Transportation
  • ICT

Read more and submit your abstract here.


Entries to the Food Sustainability Media Award will be judged in the following three categories: written journalism, photography and video. For each category they will award both one published and one unpublished piece of work.

Read more and apply here.


During the Energy 7 conference in Manchester there will be a particular session looking at ‘Nexus of food, energy, and water systems’. The goal of this session is to learn about:

  • Integrated projects across natural & built environments to provide for growing demand for food, water & energy while maintaining ecosystem
  • Advanced understanding of complex interactions between food & energy production & water systems
  • Innovative concepts & technologies that effectively address challenges of resource demands and constraints in food, energy & water systems
  • Building workforce that can realize these goals
  • Synergy among all 3 components required within context of sustainability

Read more and register here.

This course given by FAO presents an overview of the main elements and principles for preparation of GHG inventories and explains the reporting processes under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It provides guidance for calculating GHG emissions using the IPCC Guidelines, Tier 1 method, and contains complementary exercises and questions.   

The e-learning is free of charge and open to all and this particular course can be done in 7 hours. It has been designed for staff in national agencies to strengthen institutional and technical capacities. The course is also a useful tool for anybody wishing to improve their knowledge on UNFCCC reporting processes.

Read more and register here.