Counterfeit crop protection products: a study of an emerging crime threat to the UK agricultural industry

Research Institution / Organisation

Harper Adams University

Principal Researcher

Christopher Sambrook

Level of Research


Project Start Date

January 2013

Research Context

​The research will test the hypothesis that counterfeit crop protection products are becoming increasingly prevalent within the UK agricultural sector and, as a consequence of structural influences which incline police forces to focus on other forms of rural criminality, it is a crime which is currently under-policed. It therefore presents an emerging threat to the industry.

Research Methodology

​This is a mixed methods study, drawing on purposive interviews with industry and enforcement agency experts as well as a series of awareness surveys.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

December 2018
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