The AFN Staff

Louisa Burwood-Taylor

Chief editor

Louisa is a food and agriculture journalist focused on new technology and startup investment. Her career spans over 10 years and involves a variety of different beats, mostly financial, including time at the Financial Times Group and Euromoney in Asia. She turned her attention to agriculture over six years ago as the founding editor of Agri Investor, the first publication dedicated to investment in the sector. She likes puppies and CBD coffee.

Richard Martyn-Hemphill


Richard is AFN’s London-based reporter. Over the past five years, his reports and thoughts on business and politics have been published with the New York Times, Bloomberg, Politico Europe, The Economist, the Daily Telegraph and Deutsche Welle. Richard is AFN’s resident pun-maker and loves reporting on robo-octo-balls.

Lauren Manning


Our US reporter Lauren is also an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas where she teaches a range of food and agricultural law courses. Before becoming a professor, she earned a Masters of Law (LL.M.) in food and agriculture law and policy from the University of Arkansas School of Law and practiced civil trial law in California. She lives on a farm in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she raises beef cattle, sheep, and meat goats. She does not like alpacas but has a prize turkey and a mule called Dusty.

Jessica Pothering


Jessica is a business and finance journalist with over 10 years editorial experience and contributes to AFN from The Netherlands. She is part of the editorial team for ImpactAlpha, an online impact investing news source, leading its deals coverage. She recently served as the editor of ASME’s Demand magazine, covering technology for global development and has reported in the past for Institutional Investor and Incisive Media in New York and London. Jessica loves yoga and tequila, preferably together.