Here at N8 AgriFood, we combine world-leading multidisciplinary research and translational capabilities to respond to the global challenge of ensuring food security.

Our mission is to:

  • Establish international collaborations in agrifood research.
  • Influence change in agrifood and environmental policy and practice.
  • Ensure that innovation plays a key role in research and change.

We strive to be leaders in both international research and innovation in agrifood.

We are focusing on establishing productive collaborations with China, the USA and Argentina, as well as driving interdisciplinary partnerships that contribute to the development of low and middle income countries.

International research projects

Alongside N8 AgriFood’s strategic international partnerships with China, the USA and Argentina, and its extensive work in the Global South, the programme has funded more than 30 international research projects through pump priming.

These projects include:

  • Delaying turnover of ribulose – 1,5 bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) – led by the University of Leeds and Lancaster University in collaboration with the University of Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil.
  • Support for the food systems: co-producing knowledge and environmental solutions proposal – led by the University of York in collaboration with Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
  • Interactions between Foxtail millet and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: from molecules to field – led by the University of Leeds and the University of York in collaboration with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India.
  • Assessment of Syrian wheat landraces for important agronomic traits – led by the University of Durham and the University of Newcastle in collaboration with Damascus University, Syria.

Find out more about our international research projects.

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

N8 AgriFood’s work aligns with many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Most notably, the goals outlined below. Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals



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