The Role of Agri-Tech within Society

Finding sustainable ways of producing enough nutritious food to feed an ever-growing population

As the global population continues to rise, the seriousness of the challenges to the food supply chain and the subsequent environmental impacts should not be underestimated. It is predicted that 60 percent more food will be needed worldwide by 2050 to feed the expanding global population.

Finding effective and reliable solutions
Agriculture is a multi-billion-pound global industry that’s amongst the most innovative in the world. But climate change, impact on the environment and evolving consumer preferences continue to create new pressures for producers. Finding effective and reliable solutions to these challenges that work across a wide range of farms, animals, soil types and climate zones involves significant amounts of research & development activity. It also requires the use of facilities specifically designed to allow researchers to measure and analyse data – ideally in as close to real-life systems as possible. This is where CIEL, together with the wider family of Agri-Tech Centres, comes in.

Centres for Agricultural Innovation
The UK Government, through Innovate UK, has invested almost £90 million of government funds in CIEL and its sister Centres for Agricultural Innovation. These investments have developed new infrastructure and research capabilities that will address many of the existing and new challenges facing UK agriculture. Each Centre works alongside some of the best research institutions and most innovative companies in the world, all of whom are equally committed to investing in the right people, research and technology to discover new ways to help transform UK food and farming.

Having world class research capability won’t solve the myriad of agri-food sector challenges overnight. It will, however, ensure that relevant solutions continue to be developed to emerging opportunities and threats facing the sector. Continued innovation will provide new growth opportunities for organisations supplying agricultural markets, ensure a long-term future for proactive UK farmers, and help guarantee the availability of nutritious and affordable food for all whilst preserving the planet's health and wellbeing for future generations.