Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture
Three day Conference 28 Nov 2017 – 9:30am to 30 Nov 2017 – 5:30pm Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK
The challenge for the agricultural sector is therefore one of sustainable intensification. This means increasing food production while simultaneously reducing environmental impacts and enhancing the wide range of interlinked ecosystem services that society needs from land. The UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has sought to address this challenge by investing £4 million of research through the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP) which is due to be concluded in November 2017. This conference will explore the outcomes of SIP and other relevant research. International contributions will be very welcome.
Topics covered by the conference will encompass:
- Management practices for sustainable intensification at farm and landscape scale
- Landscape typology: identifying opportunities and risks for agricultural land use
- Indicators and metrics for sustainable intensification
- Assessing and benchmarking the economic and environmental performance of farms
- Decision support for Integrated Farm Management
- Knowledge exchange and communication
- Collaboration and cooperation
- Supply chains and consumer demand
- What’s next for Sustainable Intensification?