Innovation for Food Resilience

19nov1:00 pm5:00 pmInnovation for Food Resilience

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Event Details

Explore technology’s role in securing UK food resilience with experts from Microsoft UK, NFU, Chatham House and the 4 UK Agri-Tech Centres.

Covid-19 has brought a renewed focus on our food security. It has been a stark reminder of the threats to a food system that is globally interconnected and incredibly complex. The agrifood sector is exposed to a wide range of stressors, including climate change and soil degradation, population growth, economic & political disruption, and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The resilience of every aspect of the agrifood value chain is being tested.

Innovation for Food Resilience is a free, half-day virtual conference that brings together thought-leaders including Microsoft, Chatham House and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) for England and Wales, alongside the 4 UK Agri-Tech Centres – Agri-EPI, Agrimetrics, CHAP (Crop Health and Protection) and CIEL (Centre Innovation Excellence in Livestock) – to discuss the role of innovation and technology in increasing food resilience. Broadcaster Charlotte Smith, perhaps best known for her work on BBC Countryfile and BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today, is guest compere.

Who should attend

Anyone involved in the agrifood supply and value chain, and extending to policy, research and NGOs.

This free online event will be of likely interest and relevance to those working in food production and supply, R&D, innovation, technology, data, sustainability, CSR and related functions across the agrifood value chain.

Why attend

  • Learn more about emerging technologies that could drive innovation within your business
  • Gain a fresh perspective and new insight to help prepare, withstand and adapt to shifting market demands
  • A valuable chance to step back, reflect and focus on key challenges and opportunities for futureproofing your business and wider supply chain
  • Be inspired by, and put your questions to, some of the leading and most influential thought-leaders in their respective fields of expertise.


All times in GMT
13:00 Welcome and introduction by host, Charlotte Smith
13:10 Professor Tim Benton, Research Director at Chatham House
13:35 Minette Batters, President at NFU
14:00 Ellen Wilson, Sustainability & Smart Cities Lead at Microsoft UK
14:25 Break
4 UK Agri-Tech Centres Themed Presentations
14:40 Climate and Net Zero
15:00 Sustainable Productivity
15:20 Crop and Livestock Health
15:40 Food Provenance and Quality
16:00 Break
16:10 Q&A and Panel Discussion
16:45 Closing Remarks
17:00 Conference Close


Virtual Event Details

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(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm GMT

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