Paul Dracott

Department:Crop Science and Production Systems
Tel:07597 104088
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Research Interests

Career Background :

  • Graduate of Cambridge University ( MA in economic history ) and Wye College ,Imperial College ( MSc in agricultural economics )
  • 27 years in Shell International , primarily in their agricultural division covering a range of marketing , strategy and business management roles in both the UK   and overseas ( Middle East)
  • 6 year with Business Link Kent running a range of mainly European Funded  Projects  aimed at improving SME economic and environmental sustainability, as well as managing  SEEDA’s South East sustainable business support programme .
  • Since 2004 , Chairman of the LEAF ( Linking Environment and Farming ) Technical Advisory Committee which sets the standard for the Leaf Marque   accreditation system for sustainable agricultural production .

Staff Recent Research Projects

‘WATERR’ project: Water Advisory Team for Efficient Resource Recovery.

I am Project Manager for the ERDF funded ‘WATERR’ Project to help  irrigation businesses to improve  their water availability and use efficiency. As well as supporting some 450 licenced  irrigators within the South East region , the project also supports businesses within the  supply side of the industry including irrigation equipment suppliers and water management advisors . The Project  support programme consists of identifying current  irrigation business performance and support needs through in depth interviews with at least 120 irrigators (Irrigation Business Reviews), and then providing  workshops, demonstration visits and 1:1 specialist support  aimed at disseminating Best Practice technologies and techniques. Led by EMR , the Project is also supported by  the Environment Agency and Kent Council as Project Partners .

Selected Publications

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Key Contacts

NIAB EMR Company Secretary & Finance Director

NIAB Commercial Director

Operations Director

Head of Science Group

Managing Director