The UK agri-food landscape is fragmented. Following the break-up of dedicated extension departments, a diverse landscape of institutions supporting farmers and associated organisations in the supply chain has emerged. Following Brexit and in context of global competition, the sector faces many challenges.
Both applied and ‘blue skies’ research have their own time frame and process, which need to be respected. The subsequent of knowledge transfer, however, is important. It deserves special attention because of today’s complex social and environmental problems. These challenges ask for approaches that transgress disciplinary boundaries. Increasingly, the process of knowledge production is integrated more closely within its field of application.
The domain of knowledge production is greatly affected by the digital revolution. Food & Farming Futures provides an independent collaborative platform offering access to science and means of effective knowledge exchange.
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