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


The link between inequities and poor diets in Brazil

Deeply rooted social injustices that contribute to hunger and food insecurity are difficult to remove, and the experience of Brazil over the past 40 years demonstrates this.  Following decades of promising results in the fight against hunger and poverty, a political and economic crisis...

11 October 2022


To leave no one behind we must focus on food equity

The theme for this year’s World Food Day (16 October) is ‘leave no one behind’. However, the leave no one behind agenda as part of the Sustainable Development Goals focuses largely on addressing deprivation and not the broader inequities - injustices and power imbalances – that drive...

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Lidia Cabral & 5 others

10 October 2022


Food Equity at IDS

Food systems are pervaded with inequities, from production to consumption. Despite massive gains in crop yields over the last half century, we're now seeing rising levels of hunger and malnutrition across the world. Vulnerable and marginalised people in richer and poorer countries alike are...

10 October 2022