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Transitions to agroecological systems

Full project title:

Transitions to agroecological systems: Farmers’ viewpoints

Contract period:

1 November 2016 to 30 September 2017

Main funder:

Scottish Natural Heritage on the behalf of the Land Use Policy Group

Contact staff at ORC:

Susanne Padel

Other staff involved:

Bruce Pearce, Nic Lampkin

Project aims

The aim of the study is to provide insight into the transition process from conventional to agroecological approaches, as perceived by a selected group of UK farmers. It aims to:

  • Undertake a social science study of farmers’ experience of transition towards agroecological approaches in the UK;
  • Identify motivations, challenges and opportunities encountered, together with the perceived benefits and disadvantages associated with the transition;
  • Gain an understanding of individuals’ trajectories in context, including social, economic, biophysical, cultural and psychological dimensions.

Project leader and partners

ORC, project leaders
GWCT Allerton project

Deliverables

Padel S, Rubenstein O, Woolford A, Egan J, Leake A, Levidow L, Pearce B, Lampkin N (2017) Transitions to Agroecological Systems: Farmers’ Viewpoints. A Report for the Landuse Policy Group. Newbury and Fordingbridge: Organic Research Centre and Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Publications

Padel S, Levidow L, Pearce B (2019) UK farmers’ transition pathways towards agroecological farm redesign: evaluating explanatory models, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems' DOI: 10.1080/21683565.2019.1631936

Padel S (2018) Farmers viewpoints on transitions to agroecological systems ORC Bulletin No.124

Padel S, Egan J, Rubenstein O, Woolford A, Pearce B (2017). Transitions to Agroecological Systems: Farmers’ Viewpoints. Aspects of Applied Biology 136, Sustainable Intensification, pp. 27-32

Other output

Scottish Natural Heritage have published five case studies.

Previous relevant work

The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification