Announcing a New Nuffield Opportunity: The 2018 Nuffield Farming Lecture

The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust is introducing a major new event in 2018 to be known as 'The Nuffield Farming Lecture'.

‘The Nuffield Farming Lecture’ will be presented biennially on a subject of key importance to the agricultural industry and society at large at a central location in front of an invited audience.  The lecture will be followed by debate in which all those present will be invited to take part.  It will promote thinking about the chosen topic and hopefully seed new initiatives.
‘The Nuffield Farming Lecture’ will be given by a well-respected individual recognised as an authority in the chosen specialisation.  He/she will be selected at least eighteen months prior to the lecture to allow time for additional study and the drafting of a major written report.  A substantial bursary will be provided.
‘The Nuffield Farming Lecture’ is a development of the ‘Frank Arden Memorial Scholarship’ and the Trust is most grateful for the continued generous support provided by Meryl Ward and her Family and our other sponsors.
The 2018 Nuffield Farming Lecture Selection:
Expressions of interest are invited from those interested in delivering the 2018 Nuffield Farming Lecture:

  • The chosen topic is: “How does the UK farmer deliver to the UK food culture(s) of 2030?” with details provided below.
  • Expressions of interest should be made by short email to the Director of Nuffield Farming at  
  • Application forms will be provided for submission no later than 31st July 2016.
  • Applicants will be short listed for interview by the Nuffield Farming Selection Committee in London on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 or during the period 10th – 12th October 2016.  Those short listed will be asked to provide a short presentation of their study plan.
  • A bursary of fifteen thousand pounds will be provided to the successful applicant paid in two stages: ten thousand pounds on appointment and five thousand pounds on completion.  A further five thousand pounds is available for promoting the lecture.    

How does the UK farmer deliver to the UK food culture(s) of 2030?
The prestigious 2018 Nuffield Farming Lecture will seek to answer the question: how does the UK farmer deliver to the UK food cultures of 2030?  This is a pivotal topic that underpins the development of food supply chain strategies and UK policy in the areas of agriculture, business innovation and development, environmental, food and health policy. The invitation only, London based, lecture will be delivered as a result of a global study tour.  Emerging themes that this study could reflect on are:

A resilient food supply chain in the UK is one that is profitable and able to reinvest, competitive and agile so that it is agile and delivers food security and integrity. Local food networks can be as vulnerable to supply chain risk as global supply chains. How can these risks be mitigated?

Changing relationships with food
With the general public’s interaction with food changing in so many ways how does this affect the role of the UK farmer in delivering to this evolving agenda? As the proportion of food eaten outside the home increases together with the British diet moving rapidly away from the meat and two veg of a century ago, seasonality being a throwback to the past and where three meals a day are being replaced by people continuous grazing often on energy-dense food, how will UK farmers stay at the centre of the UK food culture?

The cost of caring
 Citizen based food cultures value animal welfare and methods of food production that seek to minimize their impact on the world’s resources. Consumer based food cultures pay little attention to attributes other than price and convenience, so how will this influence food policy and the markets that UK farmers are seeking to serve?
Nutrition divide
As disparity between the rich and poor in our society increases will it be socially acceptable that some feel an inability to access nutrient-rich foods? Are there innovative approaches to increasing access to nutrient-rich foods that in turn open up new markets and opportunities for the UK farmer?

It is envisaged that the study that supports the ‘2018 Nuffield Farming Lecturer’ will take in some time in the UK to provide context, and also a include global programme to provide an insight into the challenges ahead and to provide recommendations for policy makers, NGOs and the wider industry.  The study topic has been chosen because of its relevance across all farming sectors in the UK and because of the crucial need to develop a cohesive food and farming strategy to deliver safe, nutritious and affordable food in the UK for this generation and generations to come