The Sustainable Food Conference 2023

18 May 2023 | London and Online


rpg mark lumpson taylor 2 300x300 1The theme for The Sustainable Food Conference 2023 is the Internet of Things in farming and agriculture. Technology has the power to transform how we produce food, which crops are viable in this climate and how much we can grow on our little island. The potential of connectivity, automation, AI, big data and greater precision to improve yields, manage costs and improve margins is exciting for farms and other food businesses involved in feeding the nation. Further, smart technology is part of the response to green procurement policies, net zero targets, delivering ‘public goods’ and myriad other sustainability ambitions.

Of course, the IoT is not a panacea. Every farmer and business leader will have questions around the adoption of new agritech such as how to finance investments, how to prepare their sites and how to ready their workforce.

The Sustainable Food Conference 2023 brings together experts from policy, business and agritech SRI (science, research and innovation) to further our understanding of the Internet of Things and financing sustainable growth.

We are excited to offer this Conference as a hybrid event: you can attend the sessions online; you can join us at the MHA Head Office in central London and benefit from the opportunity to put your questions to speakers and network with your peers in the food and farming sector.

Mark Lumsdon-Taylor
Founder, Rural Policy Group
Partner, MHA


Attend in central London or online

Attend online or join us in person at our central London venue

The Sustainable Food Conference is being held online and in London. Those wishing to attend the London event will benefit from an exclusive networking session with peers in the food and farming sector between the debates on the Internet of Things and Green Finance.

The London Location

MHA Head Office, 2 London Wall Place, Barbican, London EC2Y 5AU

The office is a short walk from Cannon Street station.

RSVP to the London event

Email to be added to the delegate list. 


The Conference Sessions


Report Launch and AGM

09.00am – 09.45am

The Conference opens with a few words from Chair Mark Lumsdon-Taylor and the launch of the 2022 annual report, The Sustainable Food Report. There is also an opportunity to ask questions about our work.

Jon Geldart, Director General of the Institute of Directors will be talking about the importance of good governance.

Martin Collinson of Greater Lincolnshire LEP will be sharing the story of the creation and successes of the UK Food Valley as a role model for regional economic development and the potential of rural business.

The Internet of Things

10.00am – 11.00am

The IoT and the data it provides have the potential to change the face of UK farming. We explore how the use of smart technologies can enable farmers to manage resources and achieve gains across the business spectrum from productivity, cost management and quality control to environmental sustainability. We also explore questions around investing in tech and farm-preparedness. 

Networking Session


Between these two important debates will be an opportunity for leaders in the food, farming and allied industries to network and exchange ideas with their peers on how to create the conditions for investing in sustainability.

This session is open to RPG Members attending the other conference sessions in London.

Green Finance


We investigate the role of green finance, from asset finance and other forms of lending to alternative investors, in helping farms and other food businesses to achieve their climate change and growth goals. We also explore the grant funding and farm payments available to help rural businesses and we ask whether the Spring Budget announcements around supercharging investment in green technology and innovation will motivate change on farm.

Meet the Speakers

Ben Lake MP Square

Ben Lake MP

Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natalie Bennett Square

Natalie Bennett, Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

Green Party Peer, House of Lords

Louise Manning RAU

Professor Louise Manning

Professor of Sustainable Agri Food Systems

Lincoln Institute of Agri Food Technology

Hiten Sonpal MHA Green Finance

Hiten Sonpal

Head of Green Finance, MHA

Insights from our Speakers

Solar and Green Finance

with Hiten Sonpal

Net Zero and ESG Reporting

by Jose Hopkins

Climate Change Adaption

by Jose Hopkins

Watch RPG’s Sustainable Food Conference 2022


Watch a few of the highlights from the Sustainable Food & Farming Conference held at MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s London head office.

As relevant today, as in 2022. Watch last year’s conference sessions in full or read the report.

Follow the conference on social media

We will be Tweeting and posting on LinkedIn throughout the Sustainable Food Conference. Follow us and have your say on the important issues facing the future of British farming and how we continue to feed the nation.

Twitter: @PolicyRural

LinkedIn: The Rural Policy Group

To join the conversation tag your posts with #SusFood23

Thank you to RPG’s Conference Sponsors

Hosting this conference and the RED Talk series would not be possible without the support of friends and colleagues who give generously in their support of our shared aims, to achieve the incorporation of environmental, social and good governance (ESG) values in rural businesses and ensure the robustness of the UK’s food and farming industry.