N8 AgriFood goes from farm to fork

N8 AgriFood goes from farm to fork

More than 50 speakers from the likes of Sainsbury’s, PepsiCo, DEFRA, HSBC and the National Farmers’ Union will speak about the food industry at Manchester’s N8 AgriFood launch event.

The global challenges of ensuring sustainable, resilient and healthy food supplies for all will be discussed by industry, academia, farmers, government and researchers at the two day summit, which aims to foster practical collaboration between the groups.

Attendees will explore the need for a sustainable food system to meet current and future needs, particularly in light of population growth and climate change impacts.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Ian Noble, senior R&D director at PepsiCo
  • Professor Ian Boyd, chief scientific adviser for Defra
  • Tim Benton, UK champion for Global Food Security
  • Keith Gill, food industry pioneer and founder of Phileas Fogg crisps (and BQ entrepreneur)
  • Dr Emma Hennessey, Head of the Science and Innovation team at the Foreign Office.
    • Dame Nancy Rothwell, vice chancellor and president of the University of Manchester and co-chair of the Council for Science and Technology is also speaking.

      During the two days, delegates will explore critical issues such as building resilience in the supply chain, closing the skills gap and integrated food and nutrition approaches through a targeted agenda.

      Professor Koen Lamberts, vice-chancellor and president of the University of York and Chair of the N8 Research Partnership, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to explore new projects and solutions to the main food security, agritech and consumer health issues across the supply chain.

      “The N8 AgriFood launch will examine the big issues of the day and provide potential solutions. I look forward to welcoming delegates from across the UK and beyond as potential collaborators and partners”.

      Prof Katherine Denby,Academic Director of N8 AgriFood added: “The breadth and depth of AgriFood research across the N8 partnership means we can bring different research skills and expertise together to achieve new outcomes.

      “The N8 AgriFood programme provides a single forum for industry to access academic research across these eight northern universities, and with a team of Knowledge Exchange fellows will drive the formation of productive partnerships across the public and private sector.”