Nuffield Ireland 2019 GFP networking event – Taking on the Challenge

Date: 2nd July 2019, Horse and Jockey Hotel, Co. Tipperary

The China Global Focus Programme (GFP) Nuffield Scholar group will visit Ireland for six days at the beginning of July. The 10 scholars on the China GFP began their journey on 5th June, and have been to Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, China and Germany. They will have six days in Ireland before travelling to Washington DC and Texas, and will complete their GFP travels on 18th July.

This event is for members of the Nuffield Alumni and or those that may consider applying for a Nuffield Scholarship in the future. The purpose of the event is to meet with the GFP scholars and hear about what they have learned, get an insight into issues facing agriculture in their sector and their home country and how they intend to apply their Nuffield scholarship experience in the future.


6.30pm: Arrival tea and coffee

6.50: Opening welcome: Nuffield Ireland Chairman Geoff Dooley

7pm: Post Nuffield – My Story so Far – Aisling Meehan, 2011 Nuffield Scholar

7.20: Panel 1: Chair Eoin Lowry

Claire Hodge (UK)

Connectivity in the seed potato supply chain, focussing on sharing of technical information which has potential to increase productivity and reduce pest and disease risk. In her view, a study of communication between seed producer and purchaser looking at best practice, identifying information sharing is critical and beneficial.

Henrique Borges Neves Campos (Brazil)

Henrique started SABRI Sabedoria Agricola in 2016. SABRI has consultants working on projects related to precision agriculture, entomology, biology, and animal science. Henrique will explore innovations to reduce spray drift from ground and aerial pesticide application. During his travels, Henrique will look into how other countries are facing the challenge of using pesticides without environmental damage by meeting farmers who are managing pesticide applications and those who have been impacted by pesticide drift damage.

Ailish Moriarty (Ireland)

Milk Quality Manager for Kerry Agribusiness and has over 16 years’ experience working in the food industry.  Her study topic will be to “Promote Adoption of Milk Surveillance Schemes and Identify Decision Support Tools to Enable Farmers to Become More Proactive in Managing Herd Health.”


7.50: Panel 2: Chair Amii McKeever

Frank Miller (Australia)

Frank is CEO of African mahogany Australia, where he oversees the largest plantation of its kind in the world, in addition to running a substantial fodder cropping operation in the Northern Territory.  Frank’s study program will specifically focus on African mahogany plantations and examine how diversification can benefit investment, as well as identify emerging market opportunities for the product, both in Australia and abroad.

Ingrid Jansen (Netherlands)

Ingrid has always managed to combine two big passions: agriculture and politics. She worked as a policy officer in the European Parliament, Ministry of Finance and the House of Representatives. She then became chair of the Dutch Pig Association and the Dutch Producers Organizations of Pig farmers. Currently Ingrid is working for a rural foundation in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Research focuses on successful collaborations among farmers with the aim to improve the position of farmers in the chain and higher return of investment for the individual farm.

Hamish Murray (New Zealand)

Hamish manages a 13,000ha farming operation including sheep, cattle and a recent diversification into bee keeping and honey production. Hamish has a real focus on people and relationships and is planning to investigate how the differences in environment, education and culture have shaped the values of our consumers and employees. His topic is: “How do we better engage and understand the future generations as consumers and employees of our agricultural businesses?”

Finish: 8.20

8.30 – dinner

Buffet dinner with dessert tea & coffee


Other travelling scholars that will be in attendance on the night

Thomas Moore (Australia)

Together with his wife, Thomas owns and operates a free-range egg business, which runs 8,000-layer hens and produces around 3,500 dozen eggs per week, in a modern and open group ‘colony’ system split into four ages.  Through his research, he will investigate innovative housing methods to promote the growth of Australia’s free-range egg industry.

Johanna Tomlinson (Western Australia)

Johanna will investigate global soil and production management strategies with a focus on how soil acidity has become a significant threat to Western Australia’s broadacre industry. Together with her husband Wayne, Johanna runs third generation family business, Tomlinson Agricultural, on 4,000 hectares producing prime lambs, wool, beef and broadacre crops such as barley, wheat, lupins and canola.

Duncan Williams (UK)

Duncan Williams a vet joined Kite Consulting in 2015 and now splits his time between nutritional consultancy in the South West of England, and national farmer training programs with retailers and processors. The recent focus of this training has been prudent Antibiotic use and benchmarking, as a reaction to the increasing demand the entire industry is under to reduce AB use. Duncan believes that with antibiotic resistance on the rise, responsible use must be a goal of each member of the dairy supply chain.

Ellen Litchfield (Australia)

Ellen is passionate about bridging the knowledge gap between leading research institutions, producers and industry bodies on the effects of climate change, and delivering solutions for a stronger, more sustainable red meat sector. Her research is focusing on the impacts of climate change on red meat production and profitability in arid and semi-arid rangelands.