Three interlinked research projects that will investigate ways to increase farm productivity while reducing environmental impacts and enhancing ecosystem services launched on 1st May 2014.
The projects have been commissioned by Defra as part of the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP), which aims to develop more integrated and collaborative ways of funding, conducting and applying agricultural research. Defra is investing £4.5m in the SIP over the next three years.
The interlinked SIP research projects involve agricultural, environmental & social scientists, economists, stakeholders and policymakers from over 30 organisations (universities, charities, consultancies & government agencies).
Researchers and stakeholders working on projects linked to the SIP will establish a shared network of research sites and form an expert community of practice to coordinate translational research on farming systems and to engage in knowledge exchange activities. These will form a platform to host future research on farming systems and land management.