The impact of the 1st World War on agriculture. This talk highlights the pressures farmers were under to grow more food, with persuasion initially but after 1916 with more and more compulsion. Richard discusses the desire of the army to enlist more men which conflicted with the needs of farmers, and he examines some of the ways in which labour shortages were ameliorated.
Image: A female worker tending to the plants in a greenhouse garden. © IWM (Q 110189)