Urban agriculture has the potential to play an increasingly important role in food security and sustainability. It offers alternative practices, business models and social models for food production, supply and consumption.

The N8 AgriFood Urban Agriculture Cluster aims to reflect the changing landscape of agricultural practices and policies in the UK.

As we tackle the challenges posed by climate change, the cluster looks to develop, share and integrate knowledge across the North of England.

We aim to deepen our collaborations and play a critical role in bringing together key stakeholders from the urban and controlled environment agriculture sectors. We’re providing a valuable link between academic researchers and UK businesses, which is putting us in a position to swiftly apply for funding when it becomes available.

Focusing on research through partnership working

The cluster aims to explore interdisciplinary and translational challenge-based research across four key innovation themes:

  • Emerging technology and innovation
  • Current farming practices including demand and delivery
  • Society and health
  • Agricultural technology business and economics

We’re building partnerships across a diverse range of subject areas including:

  • Advanced sensing
  • Photobiology
  • Crop genetics
  • System component and substrate design
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Integration of local and regional food chains
  • Consumer perception
  • Nutrition and health
  • Government policy

Cluster activities will involve regular newsletters, as well as trips to related organisations and businesses. If you’d like to find out more about this cluster and/or sign up to our Urban Agriculture email newsletter, please contact Caroline Wilcock: caroline.wilcock@n8agrifood.ac.uk

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