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Published via 8 September 2022

Innovation in Norfolk & Suffolk’s agri-food sector

As identified by the most recent Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk and ‘Agri-Food in the Eastern Region’ document, the agri-food sector is vital to Norfolk and Suffolk’s economy. It also plays a huge role in producing food for the rest of the UK and delivering world-leading research out of Norwich Research Park (as identified in the Department for International Trade’s High Potential Opportunity around ‘Plant Science for Nutrition’). Through the Agri-Food Industry Council and the LEP’s Innovation Board, we hear of incredible innovative activity and technological adoption by the agri-food sector. Many partners are playing a key role in supporting this, such as those in the Connected Innovation network, Agri-TechE, the Food Enterprise Park, Norwich Research Park, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and the Suffolk Agricultural Association. The University of East Anglia – recently voted joint first in the country for Agri-Food in the Research Excellence Framework – is working closely with partners such as University of Lincoln, University of Cambridge and BT around various projects related to agri-tech.