Programme unveiled for N8 AgriFood 2019 Conference

The team at N8 AgriFood is delighted to share with the completed Programme for our 4th annual conference;

‘Celebrating N8 AgriFood: Creating solutions for a sustainable food system’

The two day agenda has been designed to share what we have been doing to solve the challenges facing the food system and provide a platform for further debate about the solutions we can all contribute to.

We have an excellent line up of Keynote speakers heading to York for the event, featuring the NFU’s Head of Food & Farming Phil Hambling, pictured below left, alongside Cathryn Higgs who is Co-op’s Head of Food Policy, and Jonathan Brooks, Head of Agri-Food Trade and Markets Division at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).

See the Full Programme at our Conference Website HERE

N8 AgriFood’s 2019 conference in York will showcase how we are tackling the challenge of developing a sustainable food system. Through a mixture of keynote speeches, plenary sessions and parallel sessions, we will provide vital opportunities for attendees to engage with stakeholders from across the agri-food sector.

The conference will address important issues such as the global impact of the UK food system, health and nutrition along food supply chains, how can we produce and eat a sustainable diet, the impact of new technologies and how policy and regulation can drive sustainable food systems.

Across the two days there will be plenty of opportunities to network; our event marquee will host all of our exhibitors, and at the end of Day One we will feature a poster session during a drinks reception. The conference dinner will be held on the evening of the 22nd October at the iconic National Railway Museum.

Focused sessions at the conference include: 
• Globalisation of the food on your plate: opportunities and challenges for sustainable development
• Embedding soil stewardship in agri-food systems
• The role of social enterprise hybrids in delivering inclusive resilient supply chains
• Land use, ecosystems services and natural capital
• Sustainable food cities
• A ‘Brexit Dividend?’: Re-imagining UK food and farming policy
• Smart Agriculture, supply chain resilience and new technologies
• Linking urban agriculture with food system research and practice
• Voluntary food standards: issues, opportunities and implications for the global food system
• Food justice, food insecurity and hunger
• Sustainable agriculture and diets: the role of behavioural change

In the run up to the conferece we will be hosting a pre-event focussing on how to commercialise Agri-Food research. Hosted in conjunction with Biovale, the pre-event is being held on Monday 21st October at the Conference venue. For more information click HERE.