2013-2017: Sustainable Intensification Platform (SIP) (Ref. LM0201)

AERU 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?"


  • Defra. (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



University of Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire, 2020.