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Food systems transition and disruptive low carbon innovation: implications for a food security research agenda.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2011
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Experimental Botany
Issue number11
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)3701-3706
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


There is a growing consensus that we are facing epochal challenges in global food security. Moreover, these challenges are multiple and complex. Meeting these challenges will involve nothing less than a wholesale socio-technical transition of the agri-food system. Optimizing the efficacy of the contribution of research to such a food security agenda will probably also need new institutional mechanisms and career structures to facilitate new kinds of collaborations and ongoing, longer-term projects. In short, the multiple challenges of food security demand a different political economy of research for effective intervention by science. In making this argument, the paper summarizes the major findings of a recent report regarding the potential impact of so-called ‘disruptive’ low-carbon innovations in China.