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The University of Leeds is one of eight northern universities that form part of the HEFCE N8 Agri-Food programme. N8 AgriFood is an interdisciplinary research programme that combines world-leading crop and livestock research with extensive expertise in social sciences in a single research initiative. The programme is focused on ensuring the stability and integrity of national and global agri-food supply chains in the face of environmental and socioeconomic challenges. With a new investment of £16m from the N8 Universities and HEFCE, N8 AgriFood is building on the strength in agri-food research expertise across the N8 Research Partnership to transform food security research. N8 AgriFood combines expertise across the natural and social sciences, including:

  • Soil health

  • Plant biology

  • Crop and biofuel improvement

  • Weed, pest and disease management

  • Livestock health and wellbeing

  • Human and animal nutrition

  • Consumer behaviour and diet choice

  • Globalisation, supply chains, fair trade and food economics

  • Waste and resource management

More information on N8 Agrifood can be found here


The N8 Vision:


This programme is divided into three themes in order to deliver on the final strategy:

Precision agriculture, soil regeneration, resilient and productive crops and livestock, novel diagnostics, predictive modelling and 'omics' to promote resilient, sustainable food production.

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Adapting food supply systems to deliver increased resilience and nutrition while improving public health, reducing environmental impacts and sustaining economies.

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Lowering the burden of food production and distribution on the natural environment through changes in behaviour, diet and other socio-economic factors

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The N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.

Together, the N8 universities have:

  • More than 450 researchers working in agri-food resilience

  • More than 150 registered PhD students working in Agri-Food resilience
  • A portfolio of £269 million of agri-food research funding

  • Significant research facilities including six research farms, extensive glass-houses, workshops and laboratories

Map of N8 Universities