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Cross-sector collaboration will be essential in the design, construction and instrumentation of modern livestock buildings

Report by Callum Harvey, KTN Recent scientific and technological advances in the understanding of livestock’s requirements (e.g. nutrition, environment, social interactions etc.), the control and monitoring of such requirements, coupled with meeting the requirements of the processing and retail industries have meant that livestock buildings and how they are kitted out are rapidly...
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Calling for agritech innovators help to increase the uptake of agricultural innovation by farmers in developing countries

Article by Liliya Serazetdinova, KTN Agriculture is an important sector for many developing countries, both to drive economic development but also to support poverty reduction and boost food and nutrition security. Department for International Development (DFID) published last year the latest evidence and a conceptual framework to design agriculture policies and programmes ....
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Take part in an evaluation of the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Innovation Platform (SAF-IP)

Innovate UK is currently evaluating the impact achieved by investing public funds to support innovation within agriculture and food industries, through what are known as Innovation Platforms. Ipsos MORI, an independent research company, has been commissioned by Innovate UK to evaluate the technological and economic impact of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform...
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Greenhouse gas mitigation from livestock sector revealed

The global livestock sector supports about 1.3 billion producers and retailers around the world, and is a significant global economic contributor. New analysis, published today in Nature Climate Change, estimates that livestock could account for up to half of the mitigation potential of the global agricultural, forestry and land-use sectors, which are the second largest source of...
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Would you like to apply for a share of £100K from the 2016 Agri-Innovation Den?

Budding entrepreneurs are being invited to showcase their ideas for ground-breaking new technologies in a Dragon’s Den-style pitch for their share of £250,000, as part of a new initiative to discover the best innovators in the UK’s agriculture industry. Launched by Briefing Media Agriculture, the owners of publications including Farmers Guardian, in conjunction with The Co-operative...
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Impact of climate change on food production - modelling study predicts over 500,000 extra deaths in 2050

Climate change could kill more than 500000 adults in 2050 worldwide due to changes in diets and bodyweight from reduced crop productivity, according to new estimates published in The Lancet. The research is the strongest evidence yet that climate change could have damaging consequences for food production and health worldwide. The modelling study, led by Dr Marco Springmann from the...
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Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change launches updated Strategic Research Agenda

The BBSRC-supported Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) has revised its Strategic Research Agenda, to set out clear research priorities on agriculture, food security and climate change in Europe. Europe has to meet a triple societal challenge of jointly ensuring food security, adaptation to climate change impacts and mitigation of...
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Defra seeks your input to help create a regulatory environment where innovation can flourish

Defra, the Department for Enviroment, Food and Rural Affairs, invites your participation in an  online dialogue on Regulation & Innovation .  Defra is seeking input from  businesses and business networks which are regulated by Defra and its agencies*, to find out how Defra could do more to help create the right regulatory environment for innovation to flourish. The...
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£300,000 available in Nexus Network Partnership Grants

The Nexus Network has £300,000 available to support inter- and trans-disciplinary research projects on nexus themes:   improving understanding of food-energy-water nexus interactions and support actions to improve their sustainability. Proposals are invited for funding of up to a maximum of £150,000 each.  The deadline for p ...
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Business brokerage event on funding for water innovation (including agriculture), 1st October, Manchester

Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is hosting a European Business Brokerage event for Horizon2020 funding for Water Innovation on  1st October 2015 in Manchester .  Focus areas covered by the event will include: Nature-based solutions for climate and water resilience in cities Nature-based solutions for inclusive urban...
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Are you interested in opportunities for innovation in greenhouses and polytunnels?

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is holding a free one-day event to bring together different sectors including end users of glasshouses and polytunnels, with innovators from materials, lighting, energy, robotics and ICT. The aim is to identify innovation opportunities, increase efficiency and help to find new solutions for the challenges the industry faces. Innovation...
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Have you registered for our cross-sector workshop on innovation in greenhouses and polytunnels yet? 11 Nov, London

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is holding a free one-day event to bring together different sectors including end users of glasshouses and polytunnels, with innovators from materials, lighting, energy, robotics and ICT. The aim is to identify innovation opportunities, increase efficiency and help to find new solutions for the challenges the industry faces. ...
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Innovators from materials, lighting, energy, robotics & ICT invited to KTN’s Greenhouses and Polytunnels Event, 11 Nov, London

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is holding a free one-day event to bring together different sectors including end users of glasshouses and polytunnels, with innovators from materials, lighting, energy, robotics and ICT. The aim is to identify innovation opportunities, increase efficiency and help to find new solutions for the challenges the industry faces. ...
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Funding for UK-Chile project partnerships to meet challenges in agri-foods, resource efficiency and solar energy

UK businesses are invited to partner with Chilean ones on projects that meet challenges in agri-foods, resource efficiency and solar energy. The Newton-Picarte Fund is to fund joint UK-Chilean experimental development projects in the fields of agri-foods, resource efficiency for sustainable extraction of raw materials and solar energy.  UK and Chilean businesses are being...
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New partnerships platform launched for GFS £14M food system resilience funding call

The Global Food Security (GFS) programme  has launched a new partnerships platform to aid match-making between researchers working in different disciplines and end-users where appropriate. This platform will be a useful tool for potential applicants to the  first call of the new GFS  research programme on ‘Resilience of the UK food system in a global context’ ...
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How will emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, genomics & synthetic proteins impact food production and ensure a sustainable future?

RE.WORK The Future of Food Production 21 October 2015 (18:00-21:00), London How will emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, genomics & synthetic proteins impact food production and ensure a sustainable future? In this evening workshop, scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs will come together to explore how advancing technology will impact the future...
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Launch events for Horizon 2020 funding - food security, sustainable agriculture, forestry, bioeconomy, sustainability....

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in collaboration with Innovate UK is holding a series of events to launch the 2016 Horizon 2020 work programme for Societal Challenges 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) and 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials). A series...
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Are you interested in sustainable nutrient use? UK Nutrient Platform Event, 17 Sep 2015, Edinburgh

As the world's population continues to rise, the issue of nutrient management becimes increasingly important. The UK Nutrient Platform was launched in November 2014  as a cross-sector platform for all stakeholders with interests in sustainable nutrient use and recycling, nutrient management and security and environmental impact.   UK Nutrient Platform Event, 17 Sep...
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Do you have a game-changing innovation for African agriculture?

The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) Africa will assemble the world's largest collection of sustainable agriculture innovations dedicated to improving agricultural productivity in Africa, on 1-2 December 2015 in Durban, South Africa. They are looking for speakers from all disciplines including private companies, entrepreneurs, NGOs, not-for-profits, universities and...
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New USDA report and tools to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. Colorado State University faculty members served as authors and external science advisors on the new report, and a CSU team is...
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New study shows how existing cropland could feed billions more

Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on Earth's strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge. But according to a new report by researchers at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, focusing efforts to improve food systems on a few specific regions, crops and actions could make it possible to both meet the basic needs...
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The road to sustainable tuna aquaculture

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is a much sought after delicacy. Due to huge fishing pressure, tuna stocks have decreased dramatically. There are now signs of recovery, according to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, but the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) still lists the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna as endangered. So far, farming of...
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New paper-based biodegradable cover offers the real alternative to use of plastic covers in horticulture

Global vegetable production currently depends on plastics: approximately 15 million hectares of agricultural land are covered under black horticultural plastics. While alternatives to the plastic cover have been under development for several years, it is only now that a new biodegradable cover, suitable for both professional and subsistence farms, is entering the market. The use of...
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