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Transforming food production

An overview of the government’s challenge to industry and research to transform how we produce food to feed the expanding global population.


Transforming food production

What is the transforming food production challenge?

It is predicted that 60 percent more food will be needed worldwide by 2050 to feed the increasing global population.

To do this, we need to be able to produce resilient and sustainable food more efficiently. This will reduce emissions and pollution, minimise waste and improve soil.

The UK is home to research and industries at the forefront of understanding crops and livestock. We are already a global leader in environmental management and earth observation, sensors, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics. By funding research and innovation projects that build on our strengths, we can transform the precision agricultural sector and meet the challenge.

It will also help create high-value jobs, growth and export opportunities.

What’s the investment?

Up to £90 million of funding is available to help businesses, researchers and industry to transform food production and meet the growing demand.

What are the opportunities?

Opportunities will be available to UK based researchers and businesses.

Funding will be invested in:

Challenge platform networks

We will create new hubs that bring together businesses, farmers and academics to collaborate on research projects.

Innovation accelerator fund

We will fund innovation accelerators that explore and accelerate the commercial potential of new technologies.

Demonstrator funding

We will fund demonstrator projects that show how innovative agri-tech ideas can be applied in real-world settings.

International research

A programme to identify and accelerate shared international priorities and help build export opportunities for pioneering agricultural-technologies and innovations overseas.