Prof Tim Benton is the “Champion” for the UK’s Global Food Security (GFS) programme, leading, facilitating and coordinating its activities. GFS is a partnership of the UK’s main public funders of research in food security, including the research councils and government departments (including environment, farming and rural affairs, international development, health and business, innovation and skills).
The role of GFS is to ensure that strategically important research in this area is undertaken, and to add value to research via interdisciplinary collaboration, alignment and engagement of different communities of stakeholders.
An important role for GFS is via “thought leadership” and presenting a “joined up” view of issues to do with the global challenge of ensuring enough food for all: this clearly involves both the supply of food, and the demand for food in terms of both waste and consumption patterns.
He is also a leading researcher, based at the University of Leeds, on agri-environment interactions and finding ways to make agricultural production more sustainable.