CHAP is one of four Centres for Agricultural Innovation and a key component of the government’s Agri-Tech Strategy.
The simple fact is that climate change and a range of other factors including anticipated population growth and the degradation of ecosystems is making it increasingly difficult to meet the global demand for food in a sustainable way. To feed the growing world population, we must rely on increasing our crop yields. In turn, this will mean we need to make significant progress in both fundamental and applied science of plants, microbes and soils and including protection from economically damaging pests, pathogens & weeds.
CHAP is designed to make sure that the knowledge and insight from the UK’s science base is translated into benefits for farmers, growers and the food industry both at home and abroad. The government and industry believe that wider adoption of science and technological innovation is the key to unlocking the potential of farming by improving productivity and tackling problems such as soil erosion, adapting to climate change, managing the impact of pests and diseases, depleting natural resources, and providing environmentally friendly solutions.
Cobrey Farms is a family partnership of John Chinn, his wife Gay and their sons Henry and Christopher.
Chetan spent over 9 years at Intertek Group plc in a number of senior leadership positions.
Head of R&D vegetable seeds for Sygenta. Delivery of innovative seed products.
Chief Executive of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming).
Technical Director of Morning Foods group of companies.
At Capita with Fera Science Ltd, Andrew is responsible for all aspects of Fera’s business.
Having studied agriculture, trained as an agronomist and achieved BASIS and FACTS qualifications, Charlie began his career with UAM at Redhill in 1984.
Mark is an experienced civil servant having worked for BEIS and its predecessors including the DTI for more than twenty years.
Ian joined Innovate UK in March 2015 as Innovation Lead, Agri-Tech Centres within the Agri-Food team.
Dr Ian Campbell joined Innovate UK in October 2016 as Director for Health and Life Sciences.