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 Goal and Approach

Food security and nutrition are imperative for human survival with dignity. Achieving food security must take into account economic vitality, social justice, human and environmental health.

Our goal is to undertake research, capacity building and dissemination activities to promote a sustainable food system that brings about food security for poor, vulnerable and marginal populations.

Our research is transdisciplinary and involves using innovative methodologies for high-impact science through understanding and taking action on complex societal problems.We adopt a partnership approach to the organisation of our activities by building purposive strategic relationships for the co-design and co-ownership of research problems, methodologies and solutions.

Through a transformative agenda, we provide leadership, evidence for decision making and critique of policies and programmes aimed at reducing food insecurity. Our comprehensive and systems approach to development recognises the underlying causes of food insecurity such as poverty, unemployment and inequality.


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