Taking a systems approach to farming

Taking a systems approach to farming

N8 AgriFood Agronomist models farming systems to explore how they can help fulfil the world’s competing environmental, food security and social goals

Professor Mariana Rufino, who has recently joined Lancaster University as N8 AgriFood Professor of Agricultural Systems, believes the international climate agreement in Paris offers scientists a opportunity to influence policy on a grand scale.

“A few people are deciding where to put billions of dollars to achieve the commitments made in Paris,” said Mariana,


N8 AgriFood Launches Farm Hack events

N8 AgriFood Launches Farm Hack events

CALLING ALL FARMERS, VETS, ECOLOGISTS, ENGINEERS AND DESIGNERS…

In collaboration with Defra and using funding from the N8 pump-priming grant, Dr Ruth Little from the University of Sheffield with Dr Stephen Clune and Dr. Emmanuel Tsekleves from Lancaster University are running two two-day ‘design hacks’ on farms in Cornwall and Cheshire to identify how we can improve animal health on livestock farms in the UK. Bovine tuberculosis – the greatest animal health problem in England and Wales – will be used as a case study,


N8 AgriFood to focus on food integrity

N8 AgriFood to focus on food integrity

Following the horsemeat incident of 2013, and well as other serious incidents of food fraud which have had negative effects on human health and introduced novel risks into the food supply, there has been increased emphasis on the authenticity and provenance of the food we eat. It is clear that industry must now not only ensure that food is safe, but also that it complies with its labelled quality and provenance, and description. Whereas analytical tools are being developed that can help monitor the integrity of food,


N8 AgriFood to attend Agri-Tech Innovation event in Yangling, China

N8 AgriFood to attend Agri-Tech Innovation event in Yangling, China

Professor Katherine Denby (Academic Director, N8 AgriFood),  Steven Banwart (Head of International Engagement N8 AgriFood) and Jonathan Oxley (Operations & Business Development Director, N8 AgriFood) will be attending the Agritech Innovation event at Yangling – a city devoted to agriculture and innovation, where they host one of the two premier events in China on agriculture. The invitation to N8 AgriFood was extended as part of a UKTI/FCO mission to the event, and there are a series of Sino-British events taking place during the week-long event.