The Scottish Food Security Alliance contributes solutions to the complex issues surrounding food security by combining scientific excellence with relevance. Our complementary expertise in food systems, plant, soil and environment research will deliver the knowledge required to sustain healthy diets whilst meeting the challenges on crop production imposed by changing climates and increasing pressures on land and natural resources.
By linking our basic, strategic and applied science we will build the pipelines required to generate the knowledge, tools and products that will make a difference. Key to this translational approach are our existing and developing knowledge exchange networks and partnerships with stakeholders in the academic, industrial and policy communities.
The Alliance provides a vibrant, interactive hub for collaboration and training opportunities, with the resources and state-of-the art facilities required to stimulate excellence and support career development in challenging areas of research and development with global significance.
The initial focus of the Alliance is based on three pillars:
- Plant Crop Science: Crops production, production systems
- Plant-Soil Interface: Plant-soil-microbe interactions, soil sustainability, crop yields
- Food Systems: Sustainable production, environmental and social dependencies, nutritional quality