13 January 2020
Businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million to look at more efficient and environmentally friendly ways to produce the UK’s food.
We need to produce our food in a more sustainable and efficient way if we are to meet the expected 60% increase in global demand for food by 2050.
Better ways of working the land can lead to reduced emissions and pollution, less waste and improvements to the soil.
UK companies are global leaders in the technologies that will help to achieve this, including in environmental management, earth observation, sensors, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics.
However, there is often a lack of connection between the developers of these technologies and the farmers, agronomists and vets that could take advantage of them.
The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Transforming Food Production Challenge has up to £90 million to help businesses invest in new data-driven precision-agriculture technologies that could transform food production.
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £15 million from the fund to invest in feasibility studies and demonstration projects that help to turn these technologies into practical solutions and get them into the hands of those who could benefit.
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