Aug 24 2016 | Posted by wun

Food security needs social-science input

The WUN supported Climate- Resilient Open Partnership for Food Security project (CROP-FS) “contend that basic social-science theory and methods could transform interventions aimed at improving food production” in Nature Correspondance.

Project management: Food security needs social-science input, published in Nature’s Correspondence section, is the work of Klaus Nüsslein and Om Parkash Dhankher of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, and supported by 13 signatories.  

The group suggests “that research consortia in food security and their funding agencies should include social scientists from the outset…to dramatically enhance project management and conceptual development by dealing with the complex interactions between natural and social factors”.

The CROP-FS collaboration was launched in 2016 with agricultural and plant scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US, Zhejiang University in China, Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, and the Universities of Leeds, Southampton and York in the U.K. – five of these universities are WUN members.