Good Food Governance

Opportunity to help accelerate net zero through the agrifood system

By Dr Angelina Sanderson Bellamy

Co-chair of the Bristol Good Food 2030 Partnership and Associate Professor of Food Systems at the University of the West of England Dr Angelina Sanderson Bellamy is also part of the Agrifood for Net Zero Network. Angelina shares news about an AFN Network+ event next month aiming to forge new collaborations between people working in the food system and academics at universities and other higher education institutions.

Agrifood for Net Zero Network is hosting a UK-wide event, The Crucible, in Bristol on 21 and 22 June 2023, for people engaged in the agri-food community who are passionate about the role of the agri-food sector in helping get to net zero. Over the two days, participants will build new cross-partner projects between academia and industry, all with the mission of accelerating net zero through agrifood. At the close, two projects will be awarded £10k as part of the organisation’s Scoping Study funding.

The team is keen to have good stakeholder representation there, from across the food system. There is a short application to attend this event on the Agrifood for Net Zero website (as well as more information). All successful applicants will be reimbursed 80% of reasonable travel and hotel costs in order to attend. The deadline for applications is 23:59 on 21 May 2023.

Agrifood for Net Zero Network is inviting people from across all aspects of the agrifood system – farmers and fishers, producers and manufacturers, innovators and entrepreneurs, foodies and restaurateurs, behaviourists and consumers, as well as key scientists and researchers. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, build new collaborations, and possibly secure some project funding to test out a new approach or idea. It’s part of the AFN Network+ Scoping Study funding which will award up to £350,000 over the summer – details on how to apply for the funding are on the website.

If you’re unable to attend but are still interested in joining the AFN Network+, there are lots of opportunities to still get involved. You will get access to all the organisation’s events, become part of the Community of Practice, hear key speakers, join seminars and podcasts, gain opportunities to apply to AFN Network+ funding schemes, inform and participate in their industry-academic research agenda and help to shape the network’s policy advice to the Government.

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