Welcome to the Institute For Global Food Security
The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) is one of four Global Research Institutes at Queen's University Belfast, established to address key, international challenges - in this case, the integrity of our food systems.
Food and drink have become a global industry with many positive aspects - access, affordability, variety. Yet that industry is also faced with a number of conundrums:
- Soon there may not be enough food to feed a growing population
- The integrity of increasingly complex food supply chains is often compromised
- Deliberate food fraud is a growing crime
- Climate change throws up complications for the future of agriculture
Our researchers examine challenges to food integrity - nutritional, environmental, food-safety, animal-welfare - at each point of the foodchain, from farm to fork. The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has designated IGFS an IAEA Collaborating Centre, recognising its global reach in food safety, authenticity and traceability. Our ASSET centre lab is listed as a Centre of Expertise by the Food Authenticity Network, a UK DEFRA initiative.