Food Equity Centre

start date
1 July 2021

The Food Equity Centre brings together researchers, policy makers, practitioners and activists to collaborate in developing solutions to inequities in food systems. It addresses the urgent need for research and action towards fairness, justice, and inclusion at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic exposed the scale of food insecurity and structural issues that leaves people in poor food environments more vulnerable to disease and malnutrition.

Transformation through interdisciplinarity

The Food Equity Centre is made up of leading actors in food security and social justice including food systems, nutrition, social protection, food sovereignty and the right to food. Through research, knowledge sharing and mutual learning between countries North and South, it will break down silos between researchers, activists and affected communities. The Centre will generate contextualised knowledge and actionable solutions contributing to transformative change that leads to equitable and sustainable food systems globally.

Global collaboration and partnership

The Food Equity Centre combines partners from different global regions and different research and practice traditions working together to address food equity. This includes the Institute of Development Studies (UK); Centre for Food Policy, City University (UK); Programa de Pós-Graduação de Ciências Sociais em Desenvolvimento, Agricultura e Sociedade, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Centre of Excellence in Food Security, African Centre for Cities, and PLAAS (South Africa); and the World Vegetable Centre (Thailand, and global).

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Latest seminar


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Ayako Ebata

Research Fellow

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Ben Jackson

Senior Project Support Officer

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Jody Harris

Research Fellow

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Lidia Cabral

Research Fellow

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Nicholas Nisbett

Cluster Leader Research Fellow

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Patta Scott-Villiers

Research Fellow

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Stephen Devereux

Research Fellow


Recent work


IDS researchers join new expert panel on food security and nutrition

Nicholas Nisbett and Jody Harris have been appointed to a new Committee on World Food Security (CFS) High Level Panel of Experts project team to work on an upcoming report on “Reducing inequalities for food security and nutrition”, which will be presented to the CFS in October 2023. The...

22 June 2022


A failed opportunity to tackle food inequity

Making the food system work for everybody’s health and the environment requires radical government policy addressing many areas of the food system – but England’s new Food Strategy fails to do this. England’s new Food Strategy sounded promising with the right mindset, committed...

16 June 2022

Past Event

Ukraine – global development and economic implications?

The world has been reeling in shock at the devastation being caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Beyond the grave and urgent humanitarian needs for the people of Ukraine, and the millions now displaced, the impacts of the war will potentially be wide reaching and have long-term...

16 March 2022