Exploiting climate change for UK farmers

What are the implications of climate change for British agriculture – what we grow and how we grow it?

This was the theme of our final Arable Horizons talk, delivered by Professor Tim Benton, Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Leeds and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House.

It was delivered at the Aurora centre of the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, in front of an audience of farmers, agronomists, researcher and scientists from across the UK.

Read the full report and see the photos and video from the event below.

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Speaker

Professor Tim Benton

Professor Tim Benton is Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Leeds and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Energy, Environment and Resources Department at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, UK.

Prof. Benton is involved with UK and overseas empirical ‘sustainable agriculture’ field research on how farming drives ecological dynamics and how food system resilience responds to climatic threats.

From 2011-2016 he was the ‘Champion’ of the UK’s Global Food Security programme which was a multi-agency partnership of the UK’s public bodies with an interest in the challenges around food.

GFS’s key role was to undertake systemic analysis and horizon scanning, in order to identify research priorities to mitigate the challenges of providing sufficient, sustainable and nutritious diets for all.

He has published over 150 academic papers, many on the topics of agriculture and its sustainability.  His particular interest is currently on food system resilience in the face of climate change.

Agenda

17.30 Drinks reception and bite to eat
18.00 Introduction from Karl Schneider, Farmers Weekly Editor
18.10 Professor Tim Benton, University of Leeds presents ‘Exploiting climate change for UK farmers’ Arable Horizons talk
19.05 Interactive session with Professor Tim Benton, University of Leeds & Karl Schneider
19.50 Presentation from Syngenta
20.10 Dinner

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