Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our site. This helps us to continually improve your experience when using our website. We also use external analytics software which may set additional cookies to perform their analysis. These cookies (and any others in use) are detailed in our site Privacy and Cookie Policies. You can delete or disable these cookies in your web browser at any time but doing so may impact website functionality and user experience.

Director of Ceres Agri-tech partnership, Dr Louise Sutherland, recently participated in a Food Matters podcast on the hot topic of data-driven agriculture and food production. 
Grass in field

Dr Sutherland was one of a panel of industry experts that included Callum Murray, Head of Food and Agriculture at Innovate UK; Dave Ross, Chief Executive Office, Agri-Epi Centre; and Emily Norton, Head of Rural Research at Savills. They discussed both the challenges and opportunities that data-driven agriculture presents.  

In the podcast, Dr Sutherland outlines who will benefit and how agri-tech needs to be based on robust science, solve a problem for the end-user and be commercially viable; all the principles the Ceres Agri-tech Partnership applies when selecting projects for its agri-tech pipeline. The group discusses the challenges of data security and how collaboration across the industry will be needed to find a workable solution. Dr Sutherland also shares her view that robots for harvesting, weeding and crop care will be the most exciting new development based on data driven agri-tech in the next 5-10 years; and that it will help to solve the labour crisis and labour productivity in UK Horticulture, which needs 70,000 to 80,000 seasonal workers each year. 

Listen to the podcast here: https://www.foodmatters.co.uk/podcasts/how-data-driven-agriculture-will-transform-food-production/. 

Dr Louise Sutherland
Author
Dr Louise Sutherland