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Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change and the UK Agri-Food System - Postponed

Supported by the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE)

Date/Time: Postponed

Venue: G.06 Frederick Douglas Glass Centre

We are delighted to announce that Professor Neil Ward will be joining us for the next event in our CRE 30th Seminar Series. In his talk, Neil will be drawing on his research exploring, net zero, food and farming.

Agriculture and the food system contribute a third of greenhouse gas emissions globally and are a key contributor to UK emissions. For the UK to reach net zero emissions, considerable change will be required in land use, farming practice, and in our diet. The scale of the challenge can at first look overwhelming, but agriculture and the food system have been through revolutions before, most recently in the decades following the Second World War. Neil Ward examines changes in food and farming over the last century and what drove them, to draw lessons for how the agri-food system can be managed over the next three decades to support the transition to net zero and avoid catastrophic climate change. 

Neil is Professor of Rural and Regional Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich. He was Director of the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University (2004-08) and Executive Dean for Social Sciences (2008-13) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (2014-21) at UEA. He has worked for periods on secondment at the Cabinet Office (1999) and the Economic and Social Research Council (2003-04). He is a specialist in agriculture and rural development and is currently working on the transition to net zero in food and farming.