WTO rules could hamper UK efforts to ‘take control’ of farming policy

WTO rules could hamper UK efforts to 'take control' of farming policy

Fiona Smith, University of Leeds professor of international economic law, said plans to maintain subsidy levels and redirect payments towards the delivery of public goods are likely to come under pressure from World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules which aim to stop trade distortion.

Speaking at the N8 Agrifood Conference in Liverpool earlier this month, Prof Smith said as an EU member state, the UK had been insulated by WTO rules which dictate the size of subsidies and how they are paid.


The Future of Robotics Agriculture N8 AgriFood White Paper Launched

The Future of Robotics Agriculture N8 AgriFood White Paper Launched

The UK-RAS Network is preparing a number of white papers covering key areas of robotics and autonomous systems. Four new White Papers were launched on 30th June 2017 as part of the International Robotics Showcase, one of which – The Future of Robotics Agriculture – features Professor Bruce Grieve, N8 AgriFood Chair and Professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester

Press release

White papers


Brexit impact on food production ‘major’: N8 AgriFood annual conference review

Brexit impact on food production 'major': N8 AgriFood annual conference review

Global food security debated at major UK Agrifood conference.

Leading researchers, industry experts and representatives from across the agrifood sector debated some of the most pressing challenges facing the future of global food security at a major conference in Liverpool this month.

Tackling the complex challenges facing the food system took centre stage at this year’s N8 AgriFood International Conference 2018: ‘People, Health and Food Systems, challenges and solutions for 2030’,


Tackling Childhood Obesity in Europe with the Help of Nuclear Techniques: N8 AgriFood Participating in Timely Symposium

Tackling Childhood Obesity in Europe with the Help of Nuclear Techniques: N8 AgriFood Participating in Timely Symposium

Childhood obesity is on the rise worldwide and is quickly becoming one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). An IAEA project presented at the 2018 European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2018) last month is helping nutrition and health professionals in 10 countries in Europe to assess body composition using stable isotope techniques. The symposium was organized in collaboration with the World Health Organization-European Regional Office (WHO-Europe),


Impact case study: Disseminating research results on the global vanilla price spike

Impact case study: Disseminating research results on the global vanilla price spike

The Pentland Centre’s Associate Director of Engagement, Benjamin Neimark, recently visited Nestlé headquarters to meet with their Sustainability Officer, Hannah Jagger, and to disseminate his current research on high-value commodity networks.
Benjamin has been exploring new ways to map power relations working closely with smallholder vanilla farmers in Madagascar. Madagascar’s 100,000 vanilla farmers produce roughly 80 percent of the world’s supply of natural vanilla.

His work, which was funded by an N8 – Agrifood Challenges award and a Lancaster University Faculty of Science and Technology Impact Award,


Global food security debated at major UK Agrifood conference

Global food security debated at major UK Agrifood conference

Leading researchers and industry experts and representatives from across the agrifood sector will debate some of the most pressing challenges facing the future of global food security at a major conference in Liverpool next week.

Tackling the complex challenges facing the food system will take centre stage at this year’s N8 AgriFood International Conference 2018: ‘People, Health and Food Systems, challenges and solutions for 2030, hosted by the Universities of Liverpool and York 13-14 June,


Professor Fiona Smith explains how beef farming in Ireland would be disrupted by the creation of a hard border with Northern Ireland

Professor Fiona Smith explains how beef farming in Ireland would be disrupted by the creation of a hard border with Northern Ireland

Fiona Smith, Professor of International Economic Law at the University of Leeds has been interviewed by Radio 4’s Farming Today Programme about the potential impact Brexit could have on beef farming in Ireland.

Interview here

Fiona will also be speaking on the legal implications of Brexit at N8 AgriFood’s annual conference 13-14 June in Liverpool – Theme: People, Health and Food Systems.

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