INDUSTRY

AFTP team up with Farmers Weekly to launch Innovation Masterclass

Farmers Weekly has chosen to partner with the AgriFood Training Partnership and University of Nottingham to launch a unique three day Executive Education Programme. Featuring experienced university and industry researchers and business leaders in the agrifood sector and beyond; the Agribusiness...

The Top Food Stories of 2018

Was 2018 the year of the vegan or the great potato shortage? This year saw an increased consumer scrutiny of how food is produced and manufactured and effects on health and wellbeing in the UK and around the world. From the sugar tax to Brexit food shortages, we take a whistle-stop tour of 2018’s...

Five months to go – what measures are in place to enable UK agrifood businesses to overcome post Brexit skills shortages?

The Brexit process is placing extra pressure throughout the agrifood supply chain, which is already grappling with a skills gap, concerns about access to continual movement for workers between the UK and the EU, and a shortage of skilled and unskilled labour. In addition, the UK’s world-class food...

New skills strategy first step to productivity growth

According to DEFRA’s most recent Farm Business Income report, the UK’s agricultural productivity growth rate has plateaued since the early 1990’s and underinvestment in skills & training across the sector is a key factor, according to Tom Hind, Chief Strategy Officer at the Agriculture &...

Skills shortages and careers pathways in the agrifood industry – building a framework that delivers UK productivity

Although the agrifood industry contributes more to the UK economy than the automotive and aerospace industries combined, this highly diverse sector is in short supply of human capital. In this article, that is scheduled to be published in the December issue of the IFST Magazine, AFTP Director,...

The future of food production is just around the corner

The future of food production is just around the corner During the AFTP conference in July 2018 we took the opportunity to chat with members of the AFTP community and gain their opinion on what lies ahead for food and agriculture businesses in the near future.  In our first piece, Chris Wells...

Vegan alternatives to steak and beef become a reality

As the barbecue season starts to heat up and the debate continues around the environmental cost of producing intensively reared red meat, two food research companies have recently launched completely vegan alternatives to minced beef and steak. Dutch company Vivera is distributing 100 per cent...

Institute for Space Systems EDEN plant cultivation technologies project - how will it affect life on earth?

The EDEN ISS research project in Antarctica is designed to help astronauts grow food in space and on other planets. It has produced its first crop: 3.6kg of lettuce, 70 radishes and 18 cucumbers. But will the new technologies the project aims to develop be useful on Earth? Evolution and Design of...

Blockchain and global food production

Blockchains are being heralded as ‘the next big thing’ in emerging technology, but what are they, and why do we need to know? What is a blockchain? Blockchains are effectively ledgers, recording multiple transactions across an industry in a way that can’t be changed. “A blockchain is a...

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