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Newcastle expertise adds value to Vietnamese agri-food industry

Academics from the Centre for Rural Economy and the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, and Newcastle University Business School, are working with the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City to help Vietnamese Farmers boost their efficiency and the profitability of their industry, in a project funded by the British Council's Newton Fund.  Dr Carmen Hubbard said: "We are working with our Vietnamese colleagues in both the academic sector and their government departments.  The project aims to build links between Newcastle University and the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City to investigate how precision farming techniques could be applied more widely and what the current barriers to that are, what opportunities exist for building brands and penetrating international markets, and how the agri-food sector could be helping to build and strengthen the country's economy."

published on: 22nd June 2016

Handbook of Rural Studies published

A new handbook of rural studies, edited by Newcastle University's Mark Shucksmith and Cornell's University David Brown, has been published by Routledge.  CRE has made a major contribution to this important publication, with chapters from CRE researchers Jeremy Phillipson on coastal fisheries and Menelaos Gkartzios on rural housing.

published on: 21st June 2016

Brexit – some implications for UK environmental policy

If the UK votes to leave the European Union this will have inevitable consequences for the existing provision of agricultural produce and the rural environment.  Trade agreements would need to be renegotiated and there would be implications in areas such as animal welfare and environmental protection.  But there could be opportunities too, if farmland values fell and allowed some rewilding and extensions of conservation land.  In the CRE’s latest discussion paper Dr Jeremy Franks examines some of these issues.

published on: 14th June 2016

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