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Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university and global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. For the past 50 years, Cranfield has been contributing to enhancing natural capital and ensuring global food systems are more resilient for the future.

We focus on all parts of the food system, with world-class research into:

  • Improving precision agriculture and soil health, creating innovative plant breeding and food storage solutions to better utilise resources and reduce waste;
  • Developing sustainable manufacturing systems based on the circular economy, using waste materials for manufacturing new products and eco-efficiency with reduced use of energy, water and materials;
  • Optimising the food logistics and supply chain within a sustainable and circular framework, using innovative decision support and information systems;
  • Assessing the resilience of the global food system and potential knock-on effects of global threats on the UK’s food and nutrition security.

Our near-industrial scale research facilities enable our industry partners to trial new products and processes under pre-commercial conditions.