Welcome to the N8 AgriFood Food Systems Policy Hub

Developing a resilient food system has never been more important.
Threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit, food poverty and climate change present considerable challenges.

The N8 AgriFood programme combines expertise and multiple disciplines from the 8 research intensive universities in the North of England – Durham, Lancaaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York – known as the N8.

We take a food systems approach, combining expertise from across the N8 universities to provide independent research evidence and thought leadership to inform policy at local, national and international levels.

Our programme is about creating social and environmental change to tackle the various challenges the food system faces. It’s essential that our interdisciplinary research has real-world impact and we have developed the N8 AgriFood Food Systems Policy Hub to help us achieve this.

Policy with impact

In recent months, our food systems research has impacted policy in a variety of ways.  We have provided evidence on the important role that eating breakfast plays in learning for children, which underpins the School Breakfast Bill currently going through the House of Commons. This proposed new legislation is calling for children in need to have a free school breakfast and has been supported by Manchester United footballer and childhood food poverty campaigner, Marcus Rashford.

We have also given expert evidence on the impact of COVID-19 to committees in both the House of  Commons and House of Lords, as well as contributed to the National Food Strategy, which is first review of our system in 75 years.

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