AFTP Annual Conference 2018 Updates

AFTP Conference 2018 – Addressing the UK Industrial Strategy and Environment Plan

The 2018 AFTP conference will be held on 3rd July at Burlington House, London. The conference offers a timely look at the UK Industrial Strategy and Environment Plan and developments in the agrifood sector.

The conference addresses the strategy’s ‘four grand challenges’ from an agrifood perspective: AI and Data Economy, Future of Mobility, Clean Growth and the Aging Society. There will be several opportunities for questions and answers with industry and policy leaders, and those driving innovation in agrifood.

See the conference programme here.

The Food and Drink Sector Council

The conference will introduce delegates to the work of the new Food and Drink Sector Council. The council was established as part of the Industrial Strategy to work in partnership with government, boosting productivity and making the industry more resilient, sustainable and competitive.

Iain Ferguson (pictured), Joint Chair of the Food and Drink Sector Council and Chairman of Stobart Group Ltd., will talk about the Council’s priorities: building skills; agricultural productivity; improving the nation’s nutrition and the development of emerging proposals to establish a sector deal.

Artificial Intelligence and the data economy

Part of the conference addresses the AI and Data Economy grand challenge, including precision agriculture, and the role of data analysis in driving quality, sustainability, and business decisions.

Bob Yelland, IBM Blockchain Marketing Manager will discuss Blockchain and its role in preventing food fraud.

Blockchain is a digital technology for use in transactions that establishes trust, accountability, and transparency while streamlining business processes.

Bob Yelland said: “Blockchain will transform business transactions across networks of companies, particularly across international boundaries, and open up new business models and closer co-operation within any supply chain where traceability and provenance are critical".

Speakers and topics

The conference will be opened by Colin Dennis CBE, Chair of the AFTP Executive Board.

Jim Moseley, CEO Red Tractor and Helen Munday, Food and Drink Federation Chief Scientific Officer, will speak about clean growth including sustainable intensification; animal husbandry; the use of vaccines, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides in animal and crop production; and water and energy use.

Tim J Smith, Adviser to Tesco Plc, will give his perspective on trends and innovations in the movement of goods through the retail chain.

John Mathers, Professor of Human Nutrition and Scientific Director for the Institute of Ageing and Health, University of Newcastle, will discuss how to make the food system work for older people.

Carol Wagstaff, AFTP Director and Professor of Crop Quality for Health at the University of Reading, will discuss the AFTP’s work in relation to the five foundations of the Strategy.

Save the date and register for your place at the 2018 AFTP Conference on 3 July at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA.

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