Affiliate partners

The AFTP works closely with industry leading and recognised research associations and training providers.

Sugar Beet delegates attending a field workshop

Participants attending our 'Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management' course, which is delivered with support from the BBRO, an affiliate partner of the AFTP.

In addition to our six core university partners, the AFTP is proud to include a number of prestigious research institutions as our affiliate partners. These institutions, each with expertise in the agrifood industry, provide guest lecturers for AFTP modules, and also host specialised training sessions online and at their respective locations.

We continue to develop our collaborations with specialist organisations and training providers in order to provide the greatest range and depth of training options to AFTP participants.

AFTP courses are designed with industry input to ensure we include topical issues and bridge related knowledge gaps. Courses are designed to provide maximum benefit to industry with participants often undertaking work based assignments as part of their assessment; using their knowledge gained on courses to address real-world challenges.

Our affiliate partners include internationally-recognised institutions such as:

Campden BRI

Campden BRI provides the food and drink industry with the practical scientific, technical and advisory services needed to ensure product safety and quality, process efficiency and product and process innovation. Their services can loosely be categorised under four pillars:

  • Analysis and testing - microbiological, chemical, physical and sensory analytical services - helping to ensure safety and optimise product quality.

  • Operational support - helping companies 'do the day job'. Troubleshooting manufacturing problems - ingredients, processing, packaging, advising on hygienic design and maintenance, supporting implementation of systems such as HACCP and risk management, and helping with product development.

  • Research and Innovation – industrially relevant research chosen and funded by members, as well as work for government departments and agencies.

  • Knowledge Management - industrial best practice guideline publications, a wide range of training courses, seminars and conferences, and expert technical and legislation information and advice.

Leatherhead Food Research

Founded in 1919, Leatherhead Food Research provides expertise and support to the global food and beverage sector. They provide practical solutions that cover all stages of a product’s life cycle from consumer insight, ingredient innovation and sensory testing to food safety consultancy and global regulatory advice. They operate a membership programme which represents a who’s who of the global food and beverage industry. Supporting all members and clients, large or small, they provide consultancy and advice, as well as training, market news and published reports.


NIAB is a pioneering plant science organisation based at the heart of the Cambridge science, technology and university communities and a thriving UK agricultural industry. With over 90 years' experience in the agricultural and food sectors, NIAB has an internationally recognised reputation for independence, innovation and integrity. Their traditional activities have always focused on science-led plant variety and seeds characterisation, evaluation, quality control and knowledge transfer.

NIAB doesn’t just have a long and respected history; it can also look forward to a vibrant and challenging future to meet the needs of an ever expanding population and climate change. It's far reaching plans include significant investment in new translational research capability and an ongoing programme of site development at the Cambridge HQ. NIAB also values its close links within its community and proactively encourages the next generation of plant scientists to take forward its pioneering projects.

NIAB is building on its innovative skills to engage in research relevant to crop improvement, and deliver the practical benefits of that research to commercial plant breeders in the UK and developing countries. A major focus is pre-competitive plant breeding that aims to produce a range of novel traits that will ensure that current economic, environmental and societal targets are met.

Rothamsted Research

At the heart of Rothamsted's research lies the need to feed a growing world population in a more sustainable manner and, in the process, make British farming both more sustainable and successful. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations define a long-term vision and strategy that Rothamsted Research support; the goals seek transformative changes in the way food is produced, processed and consumed. Taking this global view, Rothamsted’s science focuses on the sustainable intensification of arable and grazing-livestock systems in the UK and worldwide. Building on their unique ability to work across different scales and disciplines, Rothamsted aim to do the following:

  • Deliver know-how, data, better practices and new technologies to improve performance, resilience and value;

  • Raise the productivity of crop and livestock systems;

  • Tackle weed, disease and insect resistance to agrochemicals and improve soil health;

  • Enhance natural capital and reduce agriculture’s carbon and nutrient footprint;

  • Add novel nutritional, health and bioeconomical value to crops and other products.

And many more...

In addition, we have many links with other supporting partners, including:

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