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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,...

Dominican Cocoa Project - Rebuilding After Hurricane Maria

By Tay Noronha, IFNH, University of Reading - Original Publication In September 2017, 'Hurricane Maria', a category 5 level storm and the deadliest of last year's hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season, struck the Caribbean island of Dominica.  It was initially predicted to be a Category 2 storm,...

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...

AFTP Conference 2018 showcases new opportunities for growth

Watch all the Conference talks now Videos of all the session highlights, interviews and the speakers’ presentations are available via a special playlist on our YouTube channel. Further videos are included in the article below. Delegates at the 2018 Agrifood Training Partnership Conference were...

"A perfect option for people to study and work at the same time" says recent graduate

We are delighted to report a recent bumper 'crop' of  graduates at the University of Reading.  Artem Trufanov, Rebecca Hardy and Sarah McFarland all graduated with MSc Sustainable Food Quality for Health and Greg Rachon obtained a D Agrifood. We recently interviewed Artem and Rebecca, who both ...

Successful work based study, Daniel Vera and Aurora Barraza on their experience

Daniel and Aurora have been Masters in AgriFood participants with the AgriFood Training Partnership for several years and have recently moved job roles from PepsiCo Leicester to Ferrero in Northern Italy. Both are originally from Mexico but have worked in Europe for eight and six years respectively...

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...

Nottingham University gains new state-of-the-art dairy research centre

AFTP partner, the University of Nottingham, has opened a new Centre for Dairy Science Innovation at its Sutton Bonington campus. The state-of-the-art extension to the University’s dairy facilities offers the latest research technologies for studying a range of dairy-related topics including...

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