Priorities for the UK food and farming industry: policy, competitiveness and new markets

Event date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Event venue: 
Central London, United Kingdom
Event description: 

This seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss policy priorities for the food and farming sectors, as the Government negotiates the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Delegates will also consider the potential impact of the new Agriculture Bill, which seeks to provide stability for farmers and protect the UK’s natural environment, following the Secretary of State’s commitment to reform agriculture policy, with farming subsidies having a greater focus on environmental stewardship post-Brexit.

Further sessions will look at the steps that can be taken to support a growing and competitive rural economy whilst ensuring high standards in produce and farming practices. Attendees will also discuss priorities for exporting UK food produce, securing new international trade agreements, and addressing challenges around access to a skilled workforce.

The agenda includes a keynote address from Sally Warren, Director of Food, Defra.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  •              The future policy landscape for the food and farming industry - and key sector perspectives on the UK’s exit from the Common Agricultural Policy;
  •              Challenges for delivering a ‘Green Brexit’ and safeguarding food standards;
  •              Next steps for research - with discussion on funding and opportunities to promote collaboration with industry;
  •              Skills development and meeting the demand for labour across the supply chain;
  •              Promoting exports internationally and opportunities to access new markets; and
  •              Post-Brexit scenarios for UK agri-food trade policy, and their implications for the sector.

Speakers

Seminar keynote addresses from: Sally Warren, Director of Food, Defra; David Baldock, Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy; Harry Hamilton, Project Facilitator, Harnessing Tomorrow’s Skills Network and Project Facilitator, Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association; Professor Angela Karp, Director for Science Innovation, Engagement and Partnerships, Rothamsted Research; Dr David Lloyd-Thomas, Head of Food Policy & Strategy Unit, Welsh Government; Liz Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, International Meat Trade Association; Gary Mitchell, Vice President, NFU Scotland; David Swales, Head of Strategic Insight, AHDB and David Watson, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, London.

Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

Additional senior participants are being approached. 

Booking is open now

Draft agenda subject to change

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

9.05 - 9.35

The policy landscape for the UK food industry going forward

Sally Warren, Director of Food, Defra

Questions and comments from the floor

Sector priorities on the future of UK food and farming 

9.35 - 9.45

The long term vision for the agriculture sector - standards, productivity and growth

Gary Mitchell, Vice President, NFU Scotland

9.45 - 9.55

Delivering a ‘Green Brexit’ - safeguarding standards and promoting sustainability

David Baldock, Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy

9.55 - 10.05

Securing the competitiveness of the UK food industry

Senior representative, food

10.05 - 10.15

Meeting workforce demand and developing the skills the sector needs

Harry Hamilton, Project Facilitator, Harnessing Tomorrow’s Skills Network and Project Facilitator, Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association

10.15 - 10.25

Next steps for UK food research - funding, innovation and collaboration

Professor Angela Karp, Director for Science Innovation, Engagement and Partnerships, Rothamsted Research

10.25 - 10.55

Questions and comments from the floor

10.55 - 11.00

Chair’s closing remarks

Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee

11.30 - 11.35

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

Supporting a global agri-food industry

11.35 - 11.55

Promoting Scottish and Welsh food and drink produce internationally

Dr David Lloyd-Thomas, Head of Food Policy & Strategy Unit, Welsh Government

Senior representative, Scotland

11.55 - 12.05

International case study: opportunities for UK - Australian agri-food trade

David Watson, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, London

12.05 - 12.15

Priorities for exports and new market opportunities

Liz Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, International Meat Trade Association

12.15 - 12.25

Post-Brexit scenarios for UK agri-food trade policy

David Swales, Head of Strategic Insight, AHDB

12.25 - 12.55

Questions and comments from the floor

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

Michael Ryan, Deputy Editor, Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum