The programme is now live at cfeonline.org.uk and offers a broad array of events, with more being added all the time.
Ahead of COP28 in UAE, Countryside COP will bring together spokespeople from farming, education, finance, research and more to discuss the role of UK agriculture and the rural economy in combatting climate change and improving sustainability.
Hosted by the Agriculture & Land Use Alliance, of which the NFU is a member, this is an inclusive way for those interested in the countryside to come together on key issues.
Events range from small in-person farm walks with Doug Christie, Farm Carbon Toolkit’s Carbon Farmer of the Year, to webinars on sector-wide issues, including the Met Office and ADAS who will be delivering a three-part online series exploring resilience in agricultural supply chains.
Other organisations will be presenting on more specific areas of particular interest to those in the rural community. Trinity Global Farm Pioneers will discuss sustainable strategies to achieve integrated water protection in agriculture whilst the AFN Network+ will look at agri-food scenarios for net zero.
Join in the conversation
Everyone who has an interest in the rural community and climate change is being encouraged to join the conversation and contribute to boosting wider sustainability.
NFU Deputy President Tom Bradshaw said: “Now in its third year, Countryside COP provides another fantastic opportunity to showcase how the rural communities and Britain’s food supply chain can contribute to a sustainable and resilient economy.
“For farmers and growers, it’s also a chance to explore how we can embrace the opportunities that come alongside the challenge of reaching net zero, all while continuing to produce fantastic, affordable, climate-friendly food for people at home and abroad.”
Stronger when we work together
The Agriculture & Land Use Alliance said: “All of us have a part to play in the journey to net zero and we are stronger when working together. The Countryside COP isn’t just an opportunity for farmers, but for anyone with an interest in the countryside and rural economy and an ambition to reach net zero, to come together to collaborate and share their collective expertise, experience and knowledge.
“We encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the Countryside COP, whether that's as an organiser of an event or if you're attending an event, so we can share all our knowledge and help rural areas to maximise their contribution to the government’s net zero target, all while continuing to produce fantastic, affordable, climate-friendly food for people at home and abroad.”