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AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP)

About the AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP)

The AFTP is the leading high-level training provider for the agrifood sector. As a partnership between six leading UK universities, the AFTP is the bridge between industry and academia - translating cutting edge academic research into applied industry expertise. In an era of climate change food insecurity and an ever-growing population, the AFTP is helping the industry's best talent to deepen their knowledge, advance their skills, and progress their careers through flexible training opportunities and continuing professional development. Together the AFTP are equipping the agrifood industry to become more efficient, more profitable and more sustainable - to prepare us all for the challenges ahead.

Harper Adams University is an active member of the AFTP, delivering training courses alongside five leading internationally recognised university core partners: Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Cranfield University, The University of Nottingham, and The University of Reading, as well as affiliated university and industry partners including Birmingham University, Campden BRI, Leatherhead Food Research, NIAB and Rothamsted Research. The AFTP's aim is to be flexible and responsive to industry by enabling people to participate in anything from one day workshops and field days to short courses and accredited postgraduate programmes (e.g. MSc, PhD). These courses have been developed in consultation with industry.

We can help your employees and business with:

  • Higher level training (at a postgraduate level)
  • Collaborative training courses between highly respected institutions and industry

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Harper Adams University, in partnership with the AFTP, offers courses in the subject groups of Business and Transferable Skills, Crops and Fresh Produce, Environment and Sustainability, Food and Nutrition, and Livestock and Forages:

Business and Transferable Skills

  • Agrifood Supply Chain Strategy, Operations and Management
  • Evaluation for Farm Business Resilience
  • Evaluation of Innovation and Strategic Development of the Farm Business
  • Food Business Operations Management
  • Leadership and People Management
  • Research and Information Skills
  • Crops and Fresh Produce

  • Advanced Agronomy for Fresh Produce
  • Applied Precision Crop Production
  • Biology and Epidemiology of Plant Pathogens
  • Diagnosis and Management of Plant Pathogens
  • Fresh Produce Production
  • Plant Health Management Practices
  • Plant Health Management Principles
  • Potato Production and Management
  • Precision Farming Technology
  • Principles and Practices of Crop Production
  • Environment and Sustainability

  • Soil Tillage, Traction and Compaction
  • Food and Nutrition

  • Management of Food Product Development
  • Milk Production, Processing and Quality
  • Livestock and Forages

  • Animal Production, Meat Processing and Quality
  • Aquaculture Environment, Health and Welfare
  • Aquaculture Production Species and Systems
  • Emerging Issues in Mono-gastric Animal Production Systems
  • Fishery Husbandry, Management, Product Quality and Practice
  • Forces Influencing UK Poultry Production
  • Mono-gastric Nutrition and Ration Formulation
  • Pig and Poultry Environment, Health and Welfare
  • Pig Breeding, Genetics and Product Quality
  • Pig Production Systems
  • Poultry Business and Management
  • Poultry Meat Processing, Product Quality and Safety
  • Principles of Ruminant Nutrition
  • Ration Formulation and Feeding Systems
  • Ruminant Animal Production and The Feed Industry
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