The APPG held a joint meeting on 21 March with the APPG on Science and Technology in Agriculture, based on the Policy Exchange report Global Britain, Global Solutions: How British R&D can transform international development.
The Policy Exchange report argues for a doubling of the R&D component of the international aid budget to accelerate the humanitarian impact of our aid effort and as a boost to the British science base and its contribution to the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
Using the report’s recommendations as a starting point for discussion, this meeting brought together a panel of expert speakers to consider the impact of the UK’s role in supporting agricultural R&D for development, and the benefits it delivers not only for smallholder farmers in developing countries but also for the UK agri-science base.
Lord Cameron of Dillington (co-chair)
Julian Sturdy MP (co-chair)
Duke of Montrose
George Freeman MP
Duncan Barker, Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research Team, DFID
Jonathan Dupont, Economic and Social Policy Research Fellow, Policy Exchange
Prof Steve McGrath, Head of Sustainable Agricultural Sciences, Rothamsted Research
A detailed report of the meeting is available on the website of the APPG on Science and Technology in Agriculture: click here.