Samuel Smith, from Poole, Dorset, has been awarded a 2020 Nuffield Farming Scholarship to study his chosen topic: ‘Regenerative agriculture: a shared ambition for the future of farming?’.

Samuel is a senior strategist and sustainability adviser with Forum for the Future, a leading international non-profit working with business, government and civil society to solve complex sustainability challenges.

Mike Vacher, Nuffield director said: “UK agriculture is navigating through a period of uncertainty and change - environmentally, socially and politically.

“Our 2020 scholars were selected from a talented and passionate group of applicants for their ability to lead positive change in their sectors, as well as their potential to inspire others to do the same over the course of their travels and beyond.

“The Scholarship offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to connect with and learn from the best of the international food and farming community. The knowledge and experiences they will bring back to the UK will be incredibly valuable as our industry moves forward.”

The Scholarships will be formally awarded at the Nuffield Farming Conference, held November 27-29 at Chesford Grange in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, after which the scholars will commence their 18-months of travel and study.

Mike added: “We have an exciting range of study topics this year and, on behalf of the Trust, I’d like to wish the 2020 scholars the very best as they prepare to start to their journeys. I know that they have the ability to not only guide British agriculture through these uncertain times, but to help make it stronger than ever before.”

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