Zero Hunger

Goal 2 - Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture.

Zero Hunger

Research

Agri-Food

Agri-Food is a research theme within The Lancaster Environment Centre and from soil to sale, our researchers are helping to develop globally relevant and accessible food systems. One project is called Tomatoes for Tomorrow which looks at the increasing challenges of growing tomatoes in Mexico due to climate change, and they work to identify, characterise, protect and celebrate Mexico's unique tomato agrodiversity.

Urban Food Growing

The Rurban Revolution project, featuring researchers from Lancaster Environment Centre, has been looking into urban food growing and whether urban cities and towns can be better used for agriculture. In the study, they found urban gardeners and hydroponics can meet and sometimes exceed the yields of rural farms. The new paper compiles studies on urban agriculture from 53 countries to find out which crops grow well in cities, what growing methods are most effective, and which spaces can be utilised for growing.

Teaching

Food challenges across the globe

We’re committed to teaching about inequalities and ways to improve life for others. For example, our Geography degree includes a module called Food and Agriculture in the 21st century, which explores the social, political and environmental challenges facing food systems in the world today and will develop innovative and alternative solutions for the future.

Sustainable food

University Operations

Sustainable food on campus

Lancaster University is committed to improving the availability and range of plant-based food options available across campus. Our recently updated Pendle Brew bar is now 100% vegetarian and vegan, and HIVE café has many vegan and low-sugar options. We also commit to using sustainable, local suppliers wherever possible – with specific focus on Lancashire suppliers.

Student Engagement

Edible Campus

The Green Lancaster ECOHub is a 4000m2 nature-based garden on South West Campus, with a focus on sustainable agricultural production. Edible Campus, the team behind the running of the crop planning and organic garden on site, who have been growing a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables for many years. Produce from the ECOHub is sold at the Students’ Union supermarket “Central”.