The fundamental level for human security - before there can be the right conditions for more education, more enterprise - is sustainable supplies of food and water.
The reality for nation states dealing with conflict and instability, however, is that renewal can only be built on a basis of responsible forms of security. That means professional armed forces and police with authority, credibility and the trust of its citizens. No amount of effort put into economic and social development can have real impact without this framework.
The next fundamental level for human security - before there can be the right conditions for more education, more enterprise - is sustainable supplies of food and water.
Cranfield has long-established expertise in building and securing these most essential of global capabilities. A partner to the UK’s Ministry of Defence, the University has delivered training for police and national military forces around the world. At the same time, we work with an established international network of regional research centres, industry and other agencies to deliver collaborative projects that are focused on agriculture, soils, eco-systems, irrigation and supplies of clean drinking water.
Work is rooted in United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for Peace, justice and strong institutions, to “strengthen relevant national institutions, including through interna-tional co-operation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime”; Clean water and sanitation: “by 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes”; and Zero Hunger: “by 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultur-al practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.”