Centre for Rural Economy


The Aftermath of Foot and Mouth Disease: Research Programme for Cumbria and the Northern Fells

The research involved an intensive programme concerning the aftermath and implications of Foot and Mouth (FMD) with a view to informing rural recovery initiatives.

The research included several elements:

(i) review and analysis of secondary data concerning the impact of FMD in Cumbria;

(ii) a survey of the impacts of FMD on farm businesses;

(iii) a community case study into the impacts of FMD in the Northern Fells, including a focused farm survey and a study of household, business and community responses;

(iv) consumer focus groups concerning the impacts of FMD on consumer attitudes; and

(v) a review of the Cumbrian press coverage of the FMD outbreak.