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Cambridge attends N8 Agrifood Launch, Manchester

last modified Jun 28, 2016 03:53 PM
“Food security isn’t just about feeding the poorest in the developing world, it’s also about our own food systems in the developed world.” Professor Tim Benton, UK Chamption for Global Food Security, speaks at the N8 Launch.

“Our current food system is unsustainable. We need to change – and not just from science and technology perspective - the social and behavioural aspects are just as important.”

The N8 AgriFood partnership consists of Liverpool, Manchester, Lancaster, Leeds, Sheffield, York, Durham and Newcastle. It is hoped that the five-year partnership will contribute to a "paradigm shift" in the UK food system, to make it more sustainable and accessible for future generations.

This two-day launch event on 21 and 22 June 2016 facilitated the start of a much needed discussion between academia, industry, NGOs, government and the farming community.

Research will be centred on three themes:

  • sustainable food production;
  • resilient supply chains; 
  • improved consumption and health.