Nuffield Farming Lecture 2018


Following on from the interest in the Lecture, the videos are now live on YouTube and please see the links below;

Promotional (about 2 minutes): Click here for highlights.

Edited Version (about 6 minutes): Click here for the edited version

Full (about 2 hours):Click here for the full version


Michael Winter's report on "Changing Food Cultures: challenges and opportunities for UK Agriculture" can be found by Clicking Here



The Nuffield Farming Lecture took place on the 4th July 2018 in Westminster, London and was well attended by Professors, Chief Executives, Farmers, Food producers, Policy makers, Politicians, Journalists – and, of course, Nuffield Scholars from home and abroad. We were fortunate that our Patron, His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester was able to attend.

It has already produced considerable interest in the agricultural press including BBC Farming Today programme broadcast on 5th July 2018 with Charlotte Smith talking to Michael Winter; (03:20 – 07:15 minutes)

Michael Winter's report on "Changing Food Cultures: challenges and opportunities for UK Agriculture" gives an exceptional overview of issues connected with food and the farmer, and how British Farmers could be proactive in helping to create a new food culture which nourishes and sustains health and wellbeing.

“Human health should take centre-stage when society is making policy decisions about food and agriculture. I’m optimistic that this shift will take place, but of course farmers will need support through Brexit as new government policies emerge designed to ensure a strong, sustainable, competitive and food health-oriented industry.” Michael Winter said - as quoted in 'Farm Business'.

The presentation of the report was followed by an intense and positive debate during the Open Forum chaired by Sir Charles Godfray. The event ended with a popular networking lunch.

There will soon be available a video (included an edited version) and photographs of the whole event. For more details please contact the Nuffield Farming Office on


2020 NUFFIELD FARMING LECTURE                                                         

We are pleased to announce the title of the 2020 Nuffield Farming Lecture which is: “Brick-2-Click”: How will the retail revolution impact on the UK farmers of tomorrow?”

This will again have the expressed purpose of delivering a lecture which will develop and promote new thinking for the benefit of UK Agriculture and society at large.

Details are below and if you, or someone you know, would like to express an interest in presenting this Lecture, please contact Mike at

“Brick-2-Click”: How will the retail revolution impact on the UK farmers of tomorrow?

The consumer interface with business is changing. The biggest retailer in the world does not have any stores; the biggest taxi business in the world does not own any taxis and the biggest media business in the world does not own the media content on its platform. How will the food retail purchasing channels of the future impact on the current food retail model of global supply, central distribution, through to retail shelf space and manned checkouts? What will be the changes that cascade back to the farmer as a result? What are the opportunities for the UK farmer?

The 2020 Nuffield Farming Lecture study seeks to consider these retail trends both in the UK and globally. So how will these trends affect the UK farmer? Can UK farmers supply into the Chinese Taobao platform with half a billion users as other farmers around the world are already doing? What other opportunities are there for the UK farmer as retail undergoes the digital revolution? How will retailers who have invested in infrastructure compete; will existing retail models become obsolete? Which retail businesses today have the capacity and resilience to meet the logistics challenges of tomorrow? We are hoping that all these questions and more will be address in this study.





Professor Michael Winter OBE




Michael is currently Professor of Land Economy & Society at the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter. He has forty years’ experience of research and policy engagement. He works at the interface of social science, policy and land management and co-directed Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Research Platform, which concluded its work earlier this year. He is therefore at the centre of research into how agriculture in England and Wales should adapt to changing requirements and demands. He is a board member of Natural England and of Rothamsted Research and a member of Defra’s Working Group reviewing the Bovine TB Strategy.


In his 2018 Nuffield lecture Michael will examine the changing world of food consumption and diet -  how cultures and practices combine to alter patterns of consumption. He will pay particular attention to how health concerns are likely to impact on future demand for food. He will consider what all this will mean to UK farmers in the future and whether the industry is well placed to respond to the opportunities and challenges of changing food cultures.


After the Lecture there will be an Open Forum chaired by Professor Sir Charles Godfray CBE FRS. Sir Charles is a population biologist with broad interests in the environmental sciences and has published in fundamental and applied areas of ecology, evolution and epidemiology. He is interested in how the global food system will need to change and adapt to the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. In February this year, he took up the post of Director of the Oxford Martin School.

He chaired the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government’s Foresight Project on the Future of Food and Farming and is a member of the Strategy Advisory Board of the UK Global Food Security Programme and the Steering Group of the UK Government Green Food Project. Sir Charles is currently chairing a review of the government's 25- year bovine TB strategy. He is also a member of the writing team for the UN’s Committee on World Food Security, and High Level Panel of Experts report on Climate Change and Food Security.  


We are sure you will agree the Lecture is very relevant and covers an important subject. We would love to welcome you as our guest but regret that as a charity we need to make a small charge of £25.00 for administration and hospitality.

Please note that the number of seats is strictly limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Please email the Nuffield Farming Office ( to book your ticket. Final details and ticketing information will be forwarded shortly before the Lecture.