Food security

More people, fewer resources

There is increasing pressure on the food chain to feed more people from fewer resources. This requires efficiently managing diminishing resources such as fossil fuels, raw materials and water whilst minimizing effluent (solid, liquid and gas), and reusing or recycling waste.


Improving efficiency of food production

The KTN will seek methods to help industry improve efficiency whilst reducing carbon footprints, energy and water usage, waste and packaging materials. This objective is closely linked to the plant and animal improvement activities of the KTN that impact directly on biological efficiency.


Informing Government

The KTN will examine and inform government on possible and likely causes of interruption of supply (threat of terrorism, water contamination, microbiological or environmental disruption).

Latest news

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...

KTN launches new tool to map organisations and funders within the UK agri-food landscape

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has launched a new tool, the  agri-food UK landscape , to highlight funding and support for innovation in the UK's agri-food sector.   ...

Learn about the latest findings in crop research - SCI & KTN workshop, 20 October, London

SCI’s AgriSciences Group and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are holding a conference on " New Frontiers in Crop Research " on Thursday 20th October 2016 in London. This...

2050 Industrial Roadmaps and Circular Economy: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency & remaining competitive

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting a mini-conference on the theme of 2050 Industrial Roadmaps and Circular Economy, on 27th October 2016 in...

Find out what's happening in Agri-Tech Week

Agri-Tech Week is taking place on 7-11 November, showcasing the best of innovation from the thriving Agri-Tech Cluster. Agri-Tech Week was established in 2014 by Agri-Tech East, the Royal...

Intensive and environmentally friendly agriculture: an opportunity for innovation in machinery and systems

  1st AXEMA – EurAgEng Conference This conference, organised by AXEMA Promotion et Services and EurAgEng, will be held on 2017 February 25 (Saturday) as an introduction to SIMA...

Speakers announced for KTN workshop on innovation in livestock buildings - Integration of multiple new technologies

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is hosting a  workshop  on 27th October in Edinburgh to join up thinking in the initiation of livestock housing (re)design, incorporating as...

Free Exhibition Booth in China 5th -9th November at the China Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Fair (CAF)

The British Embassy in China has a few exhibition booths remaining for the CAF which is held annually at the Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Industries Demonstration Zone, located near to the...

Case studies

UK-based projects are developing new crop varieties and plant protection products to increase the productivity of crops, whilst reducing the environmental impact of agriculture.

A UK-based world leader in animal breeding is developing new selection tools for use in chicken breeding.

Developing new legume varieties with higher yields and better agronomic characteristics.

Accelerating Knowledge Transfer (KT) regarding sheep carrying a naturally occurring fecundity gene which results in more lambs per ewe.


Developing sustainable plant and algae derived alternatives to fishmeal.