Alan Bjerga, Agricultural Correspondent for Bloomberg and also a speaker at the N8 AgriFood Annual Conference 13-14 June – People, health and Food systems – has been writing about how the ability of global trade to feed the world is one of the great success stories of the past generation. More than 1 billion people faced hunger on a planet of 5.6 billion a quarter-century ago; that number has fallen to 800 million,
Monthly Archives: May 2018
N8 AgriFood Academic Director Katherine Denby and Knowledge Exchange Fellow Shane Rothwell recently contributed to the tri-lateral workshop ‘Legumes for Life’ at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Delegates from Kenya, South Africa and the UK came together to discuss challenges in legume agronomy, breeding, marketing and consumption in African countries and how we might work together to tackle some of those challenges. The workshop focused on early career researchers and was funded by the Newton Fund and the British Council.
N8 AgriFood researchers from the Universities of Newcastle, Leeds and Liverpool are collaborating to make the UK dairy industry more sustainable and resilient. The industry faces unprecedented uncertainty as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. Although the dairy industry is less dependent on subsidies than many other types of farming , the sector has suffered from low and sometimes negative profit margins over the last 20 years and is having to adapt to water shortages and new disease risks from climate change.