In the next 20 years, the global food system will face challenges that are unprecedented in the history of agriculture – along with unprecedented opportunity to nations and organizations best equipped to meet them.
This month’s Budget announcement of £12 million funding for the Centre of Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability, now called Agrimetrics, is another milestone for the Agri-Tech Industrial Strategy – enabling our food to be produced more efficiently and sustainably while creating jobs and growing the UK economy.
Agrimetrics was proposed by a consortium of leading industry and academic partners, led by Rothamsted Research, the University of Reading, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB). It will provide a one-stop-shop for businesses, universities and research organizations to exploit these potential opportunities.
Agrimetrics will promote an open-data policy that will maximize the availability and sharing of data amongst stakeholders. Its core will be a data science and modelling platform providing a single portal to all publicly available and pre-competitive industry data relevant to the whole food system.