Sustainable food

Reducing food waste

High-value products developed from citrus food waste are made possible through research by Professor Caroline Orfila and partners

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Global Food and Environment Institute

Researching sustainable solutions for the future of global food production

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Supporting Zambian farmers

Ndashe investigates how diversifying into soybean production could help Zambian farmers to boost their resillience

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Sustainable food research

Providing nutritious, safe and affordable food for a growing population in a sustainable way is an urgent global challenge. Our researchers collaborate with food producers, policymakers and businesses worldwide to develop sustainable food systems in the face of the Earth’s changing climate.

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If you have an enquiry about the sustainable food research theme, please contact Professor Steven Banwart.

Research impact

Our researchers are based in the Schools of Earth and Environment, Geography and Food Science and Nutrition. Their breadth of research addresses urgent problems in food security and sustainability, and is developed through the The Global Food and Environment Institute (GFEI).

Meeting the urgent needs of people living with food poverty, and devising a long-term strategy for preventing food waste, is the focus of new research led by Dr Effie Papargyropoulou.

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Small-scale farmers in Ghana and Tanzania will have greater visibility and a strong voice in national food systems debates through research led by Professor Anne Tallontire.

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The potential for farmers to protect their soils and make smarter, region-specific agricultural management choices is being advanced through the research of Dr Marcelo Galdos.

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Food processing waste, such as canning water and orange peel, is being developed into compostable packaging, sustainable cosmetics and other commercial products through research led by Professor Caroline Orfila.

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Asda customers have reduced food waste and reported an average monthly saving of more than £80 per household as a result of taking part an award-winning scheme developed with Professor William Young.

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Research degrees

Undertaking a PhD at Leeds will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential.

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