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York Academics Investigate Food Supply Routes

University of York

10:28am 3rd March 2014

Tea and coffee producers are flying in from Kenya and Tanzania to take part in workshops at the University of York as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

The event at the King's Manor on 6 March will look at how to ensure food supplies continue to meet future demand. It has been organised by Building up Resilience in Supply Chains (BURNS), a White Rose Universities Consortium collaboration involving the universities of York, Sheffield and Leeds.

The World Bank forecasts that demand for key agricultural commodities in the next five years will outstrip supply due to factors including climate change and volatile pricing. To meet this challenge, the BURNS project seeks to better understand what underpins resilience and sustainability in the international agricultural supply chains.

Producers, Lebi Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of the Rungwe Smallholders Tea Growers Association in Tanzania, and Pauline Jepkorir Boit, from the Eastern Produce Sireet Outgrower Empowerment Programme in Kenya, will join the BURNS academic team, processors, logistics experts, retailers, policy makers and others at the event to discuss the issues around agricultural supply chains.     

The BURNS collaboration is led by Professor Bob Doherty, Chair of Marketing, from the York Management School, University of York.

Professor Doherty said: "We are particularly pleased that Lebi Hudson and Pauline Jepkorir Boit are able to join us for the workshops as their experience and input to the discussions will be invaluable in helping us to better understand and begin to theorise the factors that underpin resilient supply chains."

The White Rose BURNS team also involves Dr Corrado Topi from the Stockholm Environment Institute; Dr Anne Tallontire, Professor William Young and Professor Chee Wong from the University of Leeds; and Professor David Oglethorpe, Dr Severine Saintier and Dr Zoe Ollerenshaw from the University of Sheffield.

The workshop, which is now fully booked, will take place at King's Manor, University of York on 6 March from 10am to 4pm.

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