From Farm to Fork
Farmers are the people who feed our nation. But the agriculture industry is facing huge challenges from every angle. Climate change, crop disease, supply chain disruption, and ever-changing legislation are just some of the disruptions farmers face on a daily basis.
These challenges have been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic, with additional problems around wastage, labour shortages, and responding to dramatically different consumer shopping habits, making the last 18 months an especially tough time for the agriculture community.
Our work aims to support farmers by helping them to prevent crop disease, and to run their farms more efficiently by harnessing the power of robotic technology. We also work with government to uphold farmers' best interests in an uncertain legislative and economic landscape, and we’ve developed technology that helps farmers globally rise to the challenge of restoring biodiversity on their land – making a significant positive difference to the environment.
How we're Powering Progress
Policy and governance questions about the National Food Strategy
The University of Hertfordshire’s Food Systems & Policy research group provide some immediate reflections on the National Food Strategy Part Two.
What is the National Food Strategy and how could it change the way England eats?
Reforming England’s food system could save the country £126 billion, according to a recent government-commissioned report.
Are robots our future farm labourers?
Professor Farshid Amirabdollahian on the role of robots and automation in agricultural food production.
Using New Space technology to help protect crops from the impact of climate change
Scientists at Herts are aiming to provide agricultural industries with innovative and more accurate ways to keep a close eye on their crops in the face of threats to the food chain.
Farming in the UK
The story of from farm to fork across the UK.
Helping improve how Britain feeds itself in times of crisis and beyond
From farm to fork, the pandemic impacted every stage of the food chain.
Key facts: from farm to fork
How Herts is helping to power sustainable agriculture.
Creating a more sustainable future for UK crop protection
Climate change is the single largest threat to food security globally.