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Horticulture and Potato Initiative (HAPI)

As part of our portfolio of activities related to food security, we launched a new collaborative funding activity to support excellent quality, industrially relevant research projects on potato and edible horticulture crops.

We will invest up to £7M through two calls. The Scottish Government and Natural Environment Research Council are also contributing to this initiative.

Through discussions with companies from the sector we have identified six key areas where research is necessary to help improve food security:

  • Changing seasons
  • Crop maturity and spoilage
  • Soil
  • Pests and pathogens
  • Seed quality and vigour
  • Resource use efficiency

All of these areas are within scope for the first call.

The contacts for this club are:
Faith Smith - tel: 01793 442802, email: and
Charlotte Bell - tel: 01793 413343, email: