Impact and influence is threaded throughout N8 AgriFood activities. The programme has brought about significant change since its inception in 2015. During that time it has created a platform for collaboration between well-established and emerging researchers from 8 leading and competing research institutions in the North of England. This has led to a significant change in the research culture, forging alliances across individuals and disciplines in the N8 universities as well as with external organisations. We have established an international profile and reputation for tackling problems across the breadth of the food system and, crucially, providing solutions co-designed with stakeholders.

Providing valuable and credible evidence to influence policy and practice change is one of our strengths. Below are key topic areas where our activities have influenced and contributed to critical debates regarding the challenges facing our food system.