"Innovation cannot happen in isolation"

CHAP, along with fellow Agri-Tech Centres of Innovation (Agri-EPICentreAgrimetrics, and CIEL) are bringing together thought-leaders from Industry, Government and Agriculture, including MicrosoftChatham House and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) for England and Wales, to discuss the role of innovation and technology in increasing food resilience.

The COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit and numerous other external factors have brought about a renewed focus on food security in the UK and both the global supply chain and the sector’s resilience are being tested like never before. Producers and growers are being asked to increase yields with fewer inputs and put systems in place to limit the impact of stressors and increase our food resilience.

The sector is working towards an ambition Net Zero goal and suppliers are now being held accountable for greater traceability and more ethical supply chains.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, controlled environment agriculture and pest and disease prediction tools are key elements in current CHAP projects that at the forefront of the 4th Agricultural Revolution. Yet such innovation cannot happen in isolation: Innovate UK and the four UK Agri-Tech Centres of Innovation are working together to create connected solutions along with partners in policy, academia and industry.

Innovation for Food Resilience is a free, half-day virtual conference  on Thursday 19th November. The event, which runs from 1pm to 5pm, is being chaired by broadcaster Charlotte Smith, perhaps best known for her work on BBC Countryfile and BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today.

To register for this innovative free conference, go to Innovation for Food Resilience.

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