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The changing shape of food and farming in Norfolk

The Forum, Norwich

Organiser: The following event was organised by the YIELD Network. YIELD stands for Young, Innovative, Enterprising, Learning and Developing. It’s a thriving network for younger members’ of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.

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The changing shape of food and farming in Norfolk; how do we all respond to environmental, social and economic challenges facing food production and supply in our county?

Food and farming are integral to Norfolk and its people, but face many challenges in the years ahead as climate change bites harder, the world order strains and fragments old relationships, and pressures on our food system and farmers mount. Agriculture has a leading role to play though in building the country’s resilience to shocks and pressures, shifting our consumption patterns, and rebuilding our natural ecosystems and biodiversity. This thought-provoking debate chaired by Jez Fredenburgh will see five panellists from prominent, yet diverse parts of the food and farming industry, explore some of the ways forward and answer your most pressing questions.


  • Doug Field OBE – Chief Executive for East of England Coop
  • Rebecca Mayhew – Owner, Old Hall Farm
  • Professor Neil Ward – Professor of Rural and Regional Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • Oliver Scott – Farms Director, Bradford Estates
  • Richard Evans – Stonehouse Farm and Breckland Farmers Wildlife Network

Cover photo by Charlie Jones on Unsplash

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