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Specialist providers of independent advisory and consultancy services to agriculture and sectors that both supply agriculture or use its raw materials

PG Economics: who we are

PG Economics Limited is a specialist provider of advisory and consultancy services to agriculture and sectors that both service/supply agriculture and use agricultural raw materials.

The Company's two directors are Peter Barfoot and Graham Brookes who formed PG Economics in 1999. Both have worked at senior positions in agricultural consultancy and technology businesses.

Core areas of expertise

The combination of the directors’ experience provides complementary skills and capabilities to undertake ad-hoc assignments, on-going consultancy and advice in the following core areas:

  • Commercialisation of new technology
  • Regulatory and policy impact assessment
  • Farm economics and competitiveness
  • Market dynamics and economics
  • Trade agreement impact assessment
  • Market intelligence gathering & interpretation
  • Technical & commercial auditing of technology
  • Technical & market knowledge management
  • Policy interpretation and analysis
  • Value chain analysis and assessment.

Client base

Our clients come from both public and private sectors. These include the leading agri-technology companies, agro-chemical manufacturers, seed companies & plant breeders, animal feed ingredient manufacturers, breakfast cereal manufacturers, rice millers, oilseed crushers, food processors, sugar/starch/sweetener manufacturers, farmers’ organisations, trade associations, UK government and the European Commission. 

Expertise base

This largely derives from the experience and knowledge of the directors of PG Economics:

Graham Brookes
An economist by training, he has 30+ years experience of providing consulting services to both private and public-sector customers. Graham has in-depth knowledge of the markets, trade and supply chain developments in many sectors including cereals, oilseeds, rice, sugar, dairy, wine, potatoes, meat and processed product derivatives (including starch, flour, animal feed, oils, meals/proteins, beer and alcoholic spirits). He has considerable experience and understanding of farm economics and competitiveness, policy/regulation and trade issues, impact on markets and of undertaking regulatory and policy impact assessments. He is also a specialist in assessing the impact (economic and environmental) of new technology, such as plant biotechnology and newer breeding techniques.

Peter Barfoot
An agricultural economist with 30+ years experience in the agricultural biotechnology industry and in consultancy. Peter worked at the Agricultural Genetics Company for 12 years in project management, business planning and development. He has a good understanding of technology and its application in agricultural and food markets. He has written and completed many market research projects on the market development and exploitation of agricultural biotechnology.  He is a specialist in the environmental impact of biotechnology crops, notably relating to their impact on greenhouse gas emissions.

What PG Economics can do to assist you

We can undertake ad hoc consultancy projects, on-going consultancy and intelligence gathering. Please contact either Peter Barfoot or Graham Brookes to discuss your requirements.

We can be contacted by email, telephone and post at:

PG Economics Ltd, Stafford House, 10 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1PW

Telephone: +44 (0)1300 321501 (Peter) or +44 (0) 1432 851 007 (Graham)

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