Contribution from N8 AgriFood researcher makes WWF’s 2018 Living Planet Report

Contribution from N8 AgriFood researcher makes WWF's 2018 Living Planet Report

The World Wildlife Fund today published its latest Living Planet Report – with human food consumption playing a big part in the organisation’s biennial review of the state of the planet.

This year’s report found that the human population’s vast and growing consumption of food and resources has played a heavy hand in wiping out 60 per cent of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970.

Among the 59 scientists from across the globe contributing to the 2018 Living Planet Report was N8 AgriFood researcher Chris West,


Agriculture Bill should play a bigger part in Britain’s food security

Agriculture Bill should play a bigger part in Britain's food security

N8 AgriFood together with IknowFood calls for Michael Gove to consult more widely within Government on Agriculture Bill to ensure:

  • post-Brexit trade deals don’t undercut farmers on quality
  • consumer health targets are set at the stage of food production

The forthcoming UK Agriculture Bill needs to sow the seeds for a better deal for farmers and level the playing field to ensure those at home aren’t left competing with cheaper and lower standard food imports in post-Brexit Britain.


World Food Prize and Borlaug Dialogue events welcome N8 AgriFood

World Food Prize and Borlaug Dialogue events welcome N8 AgriFood

 

A global food security conference attracting more than 1,200 people from 65 countries saw N8 AgriFood showcase its expertise after the programme was invited to host its own supporting event for this year’s Borlaug Dialogue.

The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, known informally as the Borlaug Dialogue, was held in Iowa, in the United States, last week and saw international leaders from across the food and agriculture sectors come together to discuss the critical issues facing global food security.


N8 AgriFood’s doctoral seminar series gets underway

N8 AgriFood's doctoral seminar series gets underway

The first of eight doctoral seminars has been held in York as N8 AgriFood’s PHD training series gets underway.

The seminars are open to students from both natural and social sciences studying at Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York, and have been designed to utilise “the power of the eight” to offer a unique opportunity to attend a series of informal, interdisciplinary one-day workshops.

The programme got underway on World Food Day when around 70 people attended the inaugural seminar hosted by the University of York.


N8 AgirFood chair heads to South Africa to speak at Science Forum 2018

N8 AgirFood chair heads to South Africa to speak at Science Forum 2018

N8 AgriFood’s Chair at Liverpool, Prof. Jonathan Rushton, is in South Africa this week after being invited to speak at the global conference Science Forum 2018 (SF18).

Running from October 10th to 12th in Stellenbosch, the conference is entitled “Win more, lose less: Capturing synergies between SDGs through agricultural research”.

SF18 is organized by the CGIAR’S Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) and co-hosted by the South African Agricultural Research Council.


Doctoral students to benefit from the “power of 8” with new seminar series

Doctoral students to benefit from the "power of 8" with new seminar series

A new seminar series is being launched by N8 AgriFood as it harnesses the expertise of all eight member universities into one programme for PHD students.

The training has been designed to utilise “the power of the eight” for the benefit of students from both natural and social scie

nces studying at Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.

As a result, the programme offers a unique series of informal,