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Sustainable Intensification Platform (3) Markets, drivers and interactions across the food-chain- scoping study - LM0303

Government priorities of growing the rural economy and improving the environment can come into conflict. The SI Platform provides robust evidence to inform the farming industry’s drive for sustainable intensification by researching integrated and collaborative approaches that enable farmers to increase food production and farm profitability while improving their environmental performance.

The SIP aims to host and link future agricultural research funded by Defra and other organisations. The platform will consist of:
i. A physical network of agricultural study sites in England and Wales, and
ii. A community of collaborating agricultural, environmental and socio-economic researchers from over 30 organisations

The purpose of project 3 was to establish a good understanding of how influences outside the farm impact on decisions to land use and management and how they can be integrated and directed to improve the economic, social and environmental performance of the sector. Involving industry effectively in the research is critical. The work is forward looking and will anticipate future as well as current drivers, building on existing and emerging knowledge to shape new research on the environmental and productive performance of farming. This is key to two of Defra’s priorities, growing the rural economy and improving the environment.

The scoping study will also contribute to the work of projects 1 and 2 and is an important component of the wider research platform work. Results from the scoping work will be shared with a wider audience via publication through formal and informal channels used by the consortium, e.g. LEAF and Farming Futures websites and newsletters, and through knowledge exchange activities with researchers, industry groups, NGOs and other stakeholders. This wider debate is a critical opportunity to ensure engagement of all relevant views for the wider platform.
Objective 3.1 Explore farmer responses to opportunities and risks

Objective 3.2 Assess the influence of supply-chain and others

Objective 3.3 Identify market mechanisms to drive SI
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Sustainable Intensification Project 3 final report   (1168k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2014

Cost: £69,950
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Food Chain