The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has delivered additional funding of £1.5M to support the union of three Advanced Training Partnerships to form a single enhanced Advanced Food Training Partnership (AFTP). The AFTP will cover the full agri-food chain and will help realise opportunities for new knowledge and technology to transform the agri-food industry.
This further funding, available over the next five years, will support six core institutions comprising the AFTP: University of Reading, The University of Nottingham, Aberystwyth University, Harper Adam’s University, Cranfield University and Bangor University. Working in close association with Rothamsted Research, NIAB, Leatherhead Food Research and Campden BRI and other affiliate partners, AFTP will build on existing work of the ATPs, providing skills training across the breadth of food production from farm to fork.
Dr Karen Lewis, BBSRC Interim Executive Director, Innovation and Skills said: “The agri-tech sector is one of the UK’s largest industrial sectors, employing over half a million people, and delivering an estimated £13.6Bn in exports. The AFTP, advised by industry practitioners, will help exchange cutting-edge knowledge and skills from the higher education research base to industry.”
Source: BBSRC press release