UBC researchers receive grant to find solutions to food shortage as population grows

The Solving Food-Climate-Biodiversity project, led by UBC’s Dr. William Cheung, aims to find “transformative solutions” for sustainable food production.

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Researchers from the University of British Columbia will lead an international team to find solutions to food security problems, exacerbated by population growth and the climate crisis.

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The Solving Food-Climate-Biodiversity project, led by Dr. William Cheung, a professor at UBC’s Oceans and Fisheries Institute, received $2.5 million in funding from a Council Partnership Grant research in the humanities, as well as additional funding of $2.8 million. million contributed by partner organizations, according to a UBC press release.

UBC says the team will spend the next six years jointly developing solutions to address Earth’s ecosystems that are under strain from population growth and climate and ecological crises.

“Finding transformative solutions for sustainable food production, climate mitigation and adaptation, conservation of marine, freshwater and terrestrial biodiversity is the ultimate goal of this project,” Cheung said in a statement. .

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“Our goal is to show politicians and decision makers that there are viable solutions to these kinds of global problems, that it is possible to save our resources, protect and feed people today and in the future. ‘coming.”

Cheung said they will examine five case studies in Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ghana and Nigeria, and the Netherlands, adding that the diversity of socio-economic and environmental contexts will allow the team to model solutions in a range of contexts.

“We want to make sure we’re evaluating solutions that are applicable and effective in different circumstances, and not just for North America,” he said.

In a press release, UBC said the case studies will cover a variety of topics, ranging from exploring coastal First Nations seafood systems that provide nutritional security and stewardship of environment in Canada, examining aquaculture innovation in China to increase seafood supply, contribute to carbon offset and support coastal biodiversity.

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