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Durham University

Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology

N8 Agri-Food Resilience Programme: Durham contribution to Agritechnology

Guaranteeing sufficient, safe and nutritious food for a growing, increasingly affluent population is a significant long-term global challenge, beyond the capabilities of any single research group or university. The breadth of the challenge requires an integrated, large-scale, multi-disciplinary research effort. This is the ambition of the N8 universities, underpinned by a unique seven-year track record across the partnership in delivering collaborative programmes in research, equipment sharing and industry engagement.

The N8 Agri-Food Resilience Programme directly addresses three elements of the Catalyst Fund theme of Research: Building excellent and sustainable capacity to tackle new fields of enquiry, maximising economic and social benefits from established research units, improving research efficiency through the shared use of major equipment and infrastructure, and other research outputs.

No single university has the necessary capacity and capability to be considered as a leader in all aspects of food security; however each N8 partner has significant ‘national- and international-grade strengths’ in this field of research. The N8 Agri-Food Resilience Programme will deliver significant added value by building on the complementarities of these assets, bringing together the N8 universities to develop expertise and create a collaboration of global significance.