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15 November 2017
Organic Innovation Days
Incorporating OK-NET arable final conference
23 November 2017
Winter Organic Cereals
Diversity in the field - the way forward?
17 October 2017
Organic and Low-Input Dairy Farming
Avenues to Enhance Sustainability and Competitiveness in the EU
15 October 2017
Trees and livestock
What is the role of trees and woodland on an upland livestock farm today?
16 August 2017
Promoting crop diversification in European agriculture
A major 5-year European project ˗ DiverIMPACTS launched
Can agroforestry reconcile conflicting demands for productivity, biodiversity conservation and delivery of ecosystem services?
Contract period:1 October 2010 to 30 September 2013
Main funder:University of Reading/ORC
Contact staff at ORC:Dr. Jo Smith
Project aimsAlexa Varah, PhD student with University of Reading. Farmed landscapes are increasingly expected to deliver multiple goods and services to society. A key challenge is to develop sustainable landscapes which can simultaneously meet the needs of food production, biodiversity conservation and delivery of ecosystem services. Agroforestry can lead to high productivity and provide a wide range of ecosystem services including soil management, microclimate modification, biodiversity support, pest and disease control, nutrient recycling and carbon sequestration. This PhD aims: (i) to identify which goods and services agroforestry systems can deliver, (ii) to quantify the values of these services (ecologically and economically), and (iii) to inform the process of how policy can support these activities.
Project leader and partnersHannah Jones and Simon Potts, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading