University of Reading

Reading, England

The University of Reading is ranked 1st in the UK and 10th in the world for agriculture. With a reputation developed since the 1800's, the University of Reading School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) addresses the major challenges and opportunities in the sector for the 21st century. Its international reputation for research spans the whole food chain, and in particular has strengths in the areas of food chain and health, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity. Its approach to food security is about society using its resources effectively and efficiently to meet global nutritional needs.

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) houses research groups of Agri-Environment; Crop Production; Agri-Food Economics and Social Sciences; and Animal, Dairy and Food Chain Sciences; and the Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE). Many of the specialist research centres are also located on farms nearby. The School is also a significant contributor to the University-wide centres for Food Security, Climate Change, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, and Poverty, Exclusion and Access. In addition, its links with other institutions, many of them overseas, allow research to be conducted in temperate, Mediterranean, and tropical climates in more than 50 countries by research students, university staff and their cooperating and collaborating counterparts. In the REF 2013 98% of Reading's research in this area was internationally recognised, 81% being rated as internationally excellent and 45% as world-leading.

Reading are 4 times Prize Winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the most prestigious form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution, recognising and celebrating the outstanding work and impact of higher and further education institutions.


G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology


Founded in 1960, the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, also known as Pantnagar University, is celebrated for bringing about a revolution in agricultural education, research and extension, and for paving the way for the creation of 41 other agricultural universities in India.

The university utilised its 16,000 acres of land to launch one of the largest seed production programs at the time. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning scientist Dr. Norman E. Borlaug described Pantnagar as the "Harbinger of the Green Revolution” in India.

The university has been a significant force in the development and transfer of High Yielding Variety Seeds one of the main contributors to the dramatic rise in agricultural output during the last half of the 20th century, and of the related technology. The Mexican wheat varieties, developed by Dr. Norman Borlaug were tested in Pantnagar and locally adaptable selections and improved varieties were released for farmers. 

The G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology was founded as a collaboration between the Government of India and US universities including the University of Tennessee, the Ohio State University, the Kansas State University, the University of Illinois, the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Missouri. With a campus of over 10,000 acres, G.B. Pant University is now the second largest university in the world.


Himalayan Farmlands Initiative

NAINITAL DISTRICT, Uttarakhand, India

The Himalayan Farmlands Initiative is a programme of the Sanskara Development Trust which undertakes conservation measures for wildlife by working with local communities, organisations and governing authorities.

The Himalayan Farmlands Initiative objective is to protect the farmlands in the Kotabagh Block in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, and create environmental, social and economic security for the village people by introducing ecologically sustainable and safe farming practices, allowing for the original hill folk to retain their farm lands thus protecting the health and natural environment for future generations.


Barli Development Institute for Rural Women

Indore, India

Barli Development Institute for Rural Women (BDIRW) (founded in 1985) is a registered non-governmental, non-profit organization which aims to empower young rural and tribal women to become agents of social change. Based in Indore, BDIRW has successfully completed 112 residential training programs, for more than 8200 women from 850 villages. Most of the trainees come from tribal areas of central Indian states, including Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh among others.

Twice a year, 130 women arrive to make the Institute their home. The 6-acre facility is a self-contained and well-equipped green campus, in which trainings in Literacy, Health, Stitching & tailoring, Community development, Organic farming, Medicinal plant cultivation, Solar food processing are conducted.

Since 1985, the Institute has partnered with renowned institutions including: Circle of Women (Harvard University, USA), Global Forum for Agricultural Research (FAO-UN), SIDA, among others. In 1990, two of its (formerly illiterate) trainees won first prize in a Learner's Song Competition (of UNESCO) and its literacy methodology was adopted by the University of Leicester, U.K. It also received the UNEP’s Global 500 Roll of Honour (1992) for outstanding environmental achievements. In 1994, the Institute was listed in UNESCO's INNOV database as one of 81 successful basic education projects in developing countries and is a recipient of Gold Award certification for organizational transparency and effectiveness (2016) conferred by Guide Star India.


Banwasi Seva Ashram

Sonbhadra, uttar pradesh, india

Our field partner in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh is the Banwasi Seva Ashram. The Ashram has a 60-year history of working successfully to empower local communities. Founded in 1954 by experienced social workers, the Ashram is a voluntary organisation promoting Mahatma Gandhi’s principles – it develops and implements programs to achieve cooperative self-sufficiency and self-reliance with the participation of the local beneficiary communities.


Vidya Pratishthan's School of Biotechnology (VSBT)


Vidya Pratishtan's School of Biotechnogy (VSBT) at the University of Pune is a research organization with a Centre of Excellence in Apiculture Biotechnology offering skills trainings that includes beekeeping management, bee breeding and queen rearing, bee disease identification, extraction and handling of honey, and bee pollination management.

Amongst all institutes and colleges which are imparting education in Biotechnology in the private sector, VSBT emerges as the Sixth Best Institute in India. VSBT pioneered the development of Biotechnology Graduate and Master Degree courses and  the VSBT Centre is recognized for Ph.D. programmes .The School has also initiated the B.Sc. degree course in Agriculture Biotechnology affiliated to Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri.


Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Szechenyi Istvan University, Hungary

Széchenyi István University is situated in two cities (Győr and Mosonmagyaróvár) in the centre of Central Europe’s golden triangle: between the capitals of Hungary, Austria and Slovakia.

The legal predecessor of the university’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences in Mosonmagyaróvár was established by Prince Albert Kazmer of Sachsen-Teschen in 1818. A major goal of the faculty is to ensure the proper function of agricultural production, based on an efficient and integrated education-research-development system. There is a wide range of research and development work at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, in particular food process engineering and environmental techniques, animal and plant biotechnology, improvement of nutrition supply for productive livestock, environmental protection, maintaining of ecological systems during agricultural production and precision agriculture.

The university provides education, as well as pursuing research in the fields of engineering – particularly for the automotive industry -, computer sciences, architecture, pedagogy, economics, international relations, law and administration, social work, medicine and health, musical arts, and agriculture. Its activities encompass training at all levels, from vocational courses, BSc and MSc degree programmes to its doctoral schools and further training. Academic studies are carried out in the fields of general agricultural sciences, food quality assurance and agricultural economics via four under-graduate BSc and nine post-graduate MSc programmes. Post-graduate courses are also held in full-time, part-time and individual forms at a multidisciplinary (agricultural and food sciences) PhD school. New laboratories with modern equipment have been established for research and educational purposes over the course of the past decades.


Bermondsey Street Bees


Bermondsey Street Bees isa multi-award winning sustainable beekeeping practice and artisan honey business.  With over 100 hives in London and rural East Anglia, it supplies many of London’s leading restaurants.  Voted the UK’s ‘Small Artisan Producer of The Year’ in 2016,  Bermondsey Street Bees has also twice been awarded ‘Best Honey in London’(2011 & 2017) as well as being named as one of London’s ‘Top 20 Food Producers’ and ‘Top 50 Food Heroes’ in recognition of its campaigning for sustainable beekeeping.

Bermondsey Street Bees takes full responsibility for the welfare of its bees against a background of ever-diminishing resources in urban and rural settings. As a core element of its commercial activities, Bermondsey Street Bees pioneers sustainable beekeeping strategies through its  forage planting projects, education work and ongoing collaborations with government, charity and business sectors.

Bermondsey Street Bees are a member  of the World Bee Project Hive Network.

Gavin Jones Limited


Gavin Jones Limited offer a full range of professional landscape management services delivered across the UK by a 400-strong team of gardeners. They are accredited Investors in People GOLD, and appointed Royal Warrant Holders for Landscape services to HM The Queen. 

They have accrued many industry awards including, BALI Grand /Principal Awards and RHS Chelsea Flower Show medals and won awards for projects undertaken for 2012 London Olympics - Queen Elizabeth Park, Potters Field Park, Bluewater Shopping Centre, Land Securities, Coca-Cola, The Level - Brighton and Google UK, amongst others. They have worked with a number of well-known companies, including Toyota, Imperial College, Foster Wheeler and Belron to deliver and maintain a series of ecology enhancements.