Why we have a strategy
These are challenging but exciting times for the agricultural sector, as it works to tackle complex issues such as adapting to the effects of climate change and feeding a growing global population with dwindling resources.
The UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, published in July 2013, was developed with these challenges firmly in mind. It sets out how Government, researchers and industry will build on the strength of all UK technologies sectors to facilitate the changes required to address some of the biggest problems facing us nationally and globally today.
The Strategy proposes a range of activities to deliver the vision that the UK becomes a world leader in agricultural technologies, innovation and sustainability. Key features include £70 million of Government investment in an Agri-Tech Catalyst aimed at improving the translation of research into practice, and a £90 million investment to establish a number of Centres for Agricultural Innovation to support advances in sustainable intensification.
The Agri-Tech Strategy is one of the eleven industrial strategies, where Government works in partnership with industry to set out and deliver long-term plans to secure jobs and growth. More information on industrial strategy can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Who we are
Within Government, the Agri‑Tech Strategy team is run jointly across three Departments - the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and the Department for International Development – and works with others across Whitehall.
The Strategy is overseen by a Leadership Council, made up of senior figures from across the agri-tech sector. This Council acts as an overarching advisory board, using its knowledge and oversight of the sector to champion the Strategy’s vision and to drive its implementation. Read more in the Leadership Council section.
You can download a PDF copy of the Strategy from the GOV.UK website.
If you would like to provide feedback on the strategy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet us @AgriTechGov.