Beddington, speaking this week at the annual Oxford Farming Conference, said the Food and Innovation Research Strategy will provide the UK's first overarching framework ensuring the effective development and dissemination of new knowledge, technologies and skills in this area.
It also recognises the need to further strengthen co-ordination and networking, and sets out the mechanisms by which this will be achieved.
Beddington said: "There are real challenges ahead for policy-makers and researchers alike, and for the food industry from producers to retailers, with pressures on our food system set to increase sharply in the decades ahead."
"The UK must draw on the strengths in its science base and in industry to meet these challenges, and to exploit the opportunities for innovation and new markets that exist."
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