Nuffield Farming Scholars – a background

Lord Nuffield

In the aftermath of the Second World War Lord Nuffield, industrialist and philanthropist, initiated a travelling scholarship scheme for British and Empire farmers. The reason was twofold – to recognise their contribution to feeding the nation through the war and as a method of advancing best practise in agriculture around the world.

The first two scholars were selected in 1947. Jane Kenyon and Edward Stokes from the UK paved the way for some 1000 scholars from eight participating countries that have since travelled the world studying the best agricultural practice, wherever it may be. From Brussels to Washington; from the paddy fields of Asia and the fantastically productive farmlands in the Americas to the most sophisticated and technologically-advanced farming in the other parts of the world, Nuffield scholars have created an unrivalled network of agriculturalists that are at the leading edge of their profession worldwide.

Each year, the seven countries now participating in the scheme award 50 to 60 scholarships to young agriculturalists. Their first engagement is the Contemporary Scholars Conference – an opportunity to meet and network with all newly-selected scholars from around the world and an opportunity to gain an understanding of agriculture of the host nation.

(A more complete history of Lord Nuffield can be found on this link)

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