Seeking to support and enhance productivity in the agri-food sectors, the University of Lincoln has today announced the creation of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology.

The Institute will capitalise on the University’s growing research and educational activity in the agri-tech and food sectors, including food manufacturing, agri-robotics, agronomy and animal science.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “Productivity is a key aim for the UK Government and is vital to the success of our economy. The agri-food sectors are at the heart of our county of Lincolnshire and productivity lies at the heart of these sectors. Innovations in autonomous systems and robotics and other scientific innovations will drive that productivity.”

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology will focus on the development of technologies to improve efficiency, sustainability, and reduce waste throughout the food pipeline, from farm to retailer. It will draw on facilities and expertise across the University of Lincoln.

Around the world, approximately 800 million people – or one in nine – are chronically undernourished, according latest estimates by the United Nations, which has set the goal of ending world hunger by 2030.

In the UK, food prices have risen by 18 per cent in real terms since 2007. More than half (51 per cent) of the population are concerned about the cost of food, data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs shows.

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