Global food security is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity and it can only be achieved by dramatic increases in the availability of food across the world - yet pressure on land usage to satisfy other demands continue to increase.
The Food Security and Land Research Alliance was formed to address the food security crisis.
The Alliance has a range of expertise, including plant breeding, crop diseases, animal welfare, climate change, soil and nutrients and social sciences and humanities.
It was formed in 2011 by the universities of Exeter, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff together with Rothamsted Research to address the security crisis.
The Alliance unites the individual research strengths of each institution, making the group one of the leading international players in agro-food and land-based research.
The North Wyke Farm Platform allows the evaluation of farming practices.
It brings together research on grasslands and arable systems.
Researchers are funded to work with North Wyke scientists by the University of Exeter.
The platform is integrated with Rothamsted Research and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
The project explores new systems, approaches and integrating renewable energy technologies to practically demonstrate commercially viable, sustainable farming for research, policy and practice.