AFCP National Forum 2017

The role of charities in post-Brexit UK food and farming

Wednesday 22nd November, 2017 hosted by University of Hertfordshire, The Oval, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

Debbie Beaton, AFCP: “The clock is ticking for UK food and farming as Brexit draws closer; charities, industry and Government need to  more closely together to accelerate the new science and skills needed to compete on a global stage.”

Calum Murray, Innovate UK announces new innovation loans which “offer affordable, patient, flexible – and yes, interest bearing and repayable – funding for later-stage R&D projects with a clear route to commercial success.”

Jane King, AHDB outlines how the AHDB are closing the gap between research and application on farm with greater coordination and investment in knowledge exchange. “We are placing the grower at the heart of everything we do.”

Helen Aldis, The Prince's Countryside Fund showcases the achievements of the Prince’s Countryside Fund (£1.2m annually) in supporting family farming businesses and delivering sustainable rural economies

Caroline Drummond, FACE/LEAF  calls for more partnerships with LEAF/FACE for the shared industry vision to ‘embed knowledge, understanding and appreciation of farming into everyday

Greg Smith, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association showcases Norfolk’s answer to putting teachers first in addressing the fragmented, and often cluttered, activities of the farming sector in educating and inspiring the public.

Leigh Morris, National Land Based College - the newly created college holds the key to delivering a workforce that has the right skills, and support in lifelong learning, that is needed for the sector 

Dr David Elphinstone, Myerscough College - practical farming insights and assets combined with research capabilities are a powerful untapped combination 

Professor David Barling, University of Hertfordshire- More creative combinations of funding streams are needed to support post graduate research to address the food economy, bio-economy and also society's food consumption needs