Global Expert Mission: UK-New Zealand Agri-Tech Innovation

Posted on: 05/04/2019

In March 2019, Dr Sandeep Sandhu and Dr David Telford, both from KTN, hosted a UK delegation of agri-tech companies to New-Zealand.


The KTN International Team visited Wellington, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Auckland on the 11th to 15th March to better understand the agri-tech innovation landscape and to build collaboration with key companies, led by Dr David Telford (KTM, Agri-Food – Livestock and Aquaculture) and Dr Sandeep Sandhu (KTM – International Development).

They met with a range of stakeholders, from government departments, and small businesses and research institutes who are all playing an important role to innovate in the agri-tech sector.

The UK shares many of the same challenges and the team discovered there was appetite to collaborate in tackling these shared global problems.

You can listen to a recent radio clip here on the current situation for reducing the greenhouse gas footprint in New Zealand with an interview from Duncan Forbes, Project Manager, Agri-EPI Centre (Agricultural Engineering, Precision and Innovation), from the UK delegation. Mr Forbes mentioned in the Radio New Zealand news article here that he hoped partnerships would be formed before the next delegation takes place in June.


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UK Agri-Tech Sector Delegation

The UK delegation involved the following agri-tech experts:

Agri-Epi Centre

British Beet Research Organisation

IceRobotics Ltd

Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast

Beef and Sheep Research Centre

Lincoln Institute of Agri Food Technology (LIAT) at the University of Lincoln


About Global Expert Missions

Innovate UK’s Global Expert Missions programme is one of its most important tools to support the UK Industrial Strategy’s ambition for the UK to be the international partner of choice for science and innovation.

Global collaborations are crucial in meeting the Industrial Strategy’s Grand Challenges and will be further supported by the launch of a new International Research and Innovation Strategy.

Innovate UK’s Global Expert Missions, led by KTN, play an important role in building strategic partnerships, providing deep insight into the opportunities for UK innovation and shaping future bilateral collaboration programmes.

For more information, and to get in touch, please contact the International Team.

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