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Exploring the impacts of ‘Brexit’ for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) foods: the case of Welsh Beef and Lamb


Funder

Coventry University Early Career Researcher Pump Prime Funding

VALUE

£9,755

TEAM

Luke Owen, Donna Udall, Alex Franklin, Moya Kneafsey

Project Objectives

This research explores the potential impacts and opportunities associated with ‘Brexit’ for the Welsh beef and lamb sector. We will examine the current relationship the Welsh beef and lamb sector has with the EU Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) scheme, and investigate the possible role this certification may have for Wales once the process of exiting the EU is completed. The project has four primary objectives:

  1. Collect evidence on the context, theory and causes for Brexit from the perspective of Welsh beef and lamb farmers, and determine the perceived implications and consequences of Brexit on this sector.
  2. Explore the perspectives of Welsh farmers and industry stakeholders about the impact and opportunities associated with Brexit specifically in relation to the PGI scheme.
  3. Develop key policy recommendations to inform debates about appropriate post-Brexit PGI-related strategies for the Welsh beef and lamb sector.

Disseminate research findings and recommendations to engage a wide audience, generate impact and contribute to broader Brexit debates about the role of the PGI scheme for UK farmers. 

Impact Statement

 This project has been designed to deliver various types of impact, across different sectors, organisations and academic disciplines. The following four expected outcomes capture how this impact will be delivered:

  1. Increased capacity for farmers to participate in Brexit agri-food policy processes through the co-creation of the policy briefing paper.
  2. Inform debates surrounding agri-food policy through the co-creation of a policy paper for regional and national post-Brexit PGI-related agri-food policies. The dissemination and uptake of these recommendations is key, including targeted media engagements) to widen the impact.
  3. Increased capacity for university and non-academic (farmers, farmer organisations, Government) partnerships to further collaborate and co-produce evidence to inform debates about effective food policy processes and outcomes. This also encourages a more transdisciplinary approach to research, valuing and drawing on multiple knowledge, practice and expertise systems.
  4. Contribute to multiple, interdisciplinary academic fields, including food studies, geography and rural development.

Ultimately, we will provide much needed empirical evidence to inform current and future debates associated with Brexit and agri-food policy schemes in the UK, and Wales specifically.

Project outcomes will shape the trajectories that the Welsh beef and lamb sector needs to take as a result of Brexit, and outline the utility of the current EU-wide PGI scheme.

In addition, this project will enable existing collaborations between Welsh Government stakeholders and CAWR to be strengthened, and for new cross-sector relationships between academia and agri-food stakeholders to be created. This project will therefore play an important role in leveraging further multi-stakeholder research funding proposals in 2018 and beyond.