Intensification Platform (SIP) (Ref. LM0201)
was part of a consortium that undertook work on behalf of Defra for
their Sustainable Intensification Platform. The overall aim of
sustainable intensification is to increase food production from
existing farmland while ensuring that the environmental impacts are
minimal. It is a response to the challenges of increasing demand for
food from a growing global population, in a world where land, water,
energy and other inputs are in short supply, overexploited and used
unsustainably. Any efforts to ‘intensify’ food production must be
matched by a concerted focus on making it ‘sustainable.’ Failing to do
so will undermine our capacity to continue producing food in the
future. This particular project sought to address the overarching
question: "How can farmers make sense of the wide range of interacting
factors to select, implement and combine management practices that
improve their economic, environmental and social performance within the
context of the environmental constraints and opportunities presented
within their geographic location?"
(2016). Developing farm performance assessment methodologies.
Report for Work Package 1.1A, Defra SIP Project 1: Integrated Farm
Management for Improved Economic, Environmental and Social Performance
(LM0201). Undertaken by : NIAB, IBERS (Aberystwyth University), ADAS,
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Bangor University,
Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS), University of Bristol,
University of Cambridge, Carbon Trust, Centre for Ecology and
Hydrology, Duchy College, University of Exeter, Fera, Game and Wildlife
Conservation Trust (GWCT), Glasgow Caledonian University, Harper Adams
University, University of Hertfordshire, Linking Environment And
Farming (LEAF), University of Leeds, Newcastle University, NIAB EMR,
University of Nottingham, Organic Research Centre, University of
Reading, Rothamsted Research, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
(RSPB), Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Soil Association and Velcourt.
[Link to report].
Dr Doug Warner