New science research programme launched to inform DEFRA policy making
Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) appoints six new Academic Fellows to lead Systems Research Programme and Professor Bob Doherty has been appointed food systems fellow. This new Systems Research Programme will look at some of the UK’s most pressing environmental issues to inform and shape key future policy decisions in food and farming. The Programme will be led by Professor Ian Boyd, Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), and will be delivered in close partnership with the research community.
Bob says ‘The UK Food and Farming sector is critical to the UK economy employing 1 in 8 people and being the largest manufacturing sector. However, our food system is under increasing pressure from a range of environmental and socioeconomic drivers not least climate change, increasing health costs from unhealthy diets and increasing political risks. This opportunity to work as part of the new Systems Programme team in DEFRA is an exciting opportunity to take an interdisciplinary food systems approach and embed the research evidence from the work of IKnowFood, N8 Agrifood and the Global Food Security Programme and others in UK policy to create real transformative change”
Many congratulations indeed to Bob on this prestigious and important appointment.