Leadership Council on agri-food research

20th Jul 2012

The Government is exploring a proposal with the Food Research Partnership and the Global Food Security Strategic Board to form a "Leadership Council‟ on agri-food research. Jointly chaired by Ministers from Defra and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, this will include the

Technology Strategy Board, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and senior industry representatives. The creation of the Leadership Council is in response to the need for greater strategic co-ordination and allocation of agri-science funding, and the need to achieve an optimal balance between cutting edge science and applied research. The work of the Council will be aligned with the Technology Strategy Board’s programmes and industry research strategies, currently being developed by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, the National Farmers Union and the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

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