9 August 2018
Tree and vegetables

AFINET group meeting at Wakelyns Agroforestry

15 November 2018
Organic Congress

Going for Growth – Transforming organic food and farming in the UK



19 July 2018
YQ and the rise of an alternative grain network

Interview with Kimberley Bell of the Small Food Bakery

16 July 2018
Ticking the anti-globalisation box

Motives for buying local, organic food through English box schemes



18 June 2018
Government support needed for agroforestry

Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture

Business and markets projects

Current projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
CEreal REnaissance in Rural Europe: embedding diversity in organic and low-input food systems (CERERE)EU Horizon 2020The project will promote innovation through diversity-based ‘alternative’ cereal food systems in Europe through knowledge exchange and communities of practice adopting a bottom-up approach in multi-actor network.
Reviewing of international approaches to organic regulations and labelling - production, economic and market access implications for UKDefraThe project will help to provide an evidence base for future policy direction of organic agriculture in the UK following EU exit as well as exploring the issues surrounding the potential implications of introducing an independent organic labelling system.

Completed projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
Transitions to agroecological systems: Farmers’ viewpointsScottish Natural Heritage on the behalf of the Land Use Policy Group A study of the motivations, attitudes and experiences of farmers who have adopted agroecological farming, based on in-depth interviews with 14 farmers in England, Scotland and Wales and compared with two relevant models
Distribution of the added value of the organic food chainDG AGRIThe study aims to identify and analyse the distribution of added value in the organic supply chain in the European Union.
The Role of Agroecology in Sustainable IntensificationScottish Natural Heritage Report on on the contribution that agro-ecological systems and strategies can make to sustainable intensification in the UK and European context.
European Data Network for Improved Transparency of Organic Markets (ODN)European Commission (FP7)The project aims to increase the transparency of the European organic food market through better availability of market intelligence about the sector to meet the needs of policy makers and actors involved in organic markets.
Evaluation of the German Programme for Organic Food and Farming Research (BOEL evaluation)Bundesanstalt fuer Landwirtschaft und Ernaehrung, BonnThe Programme for Organic Agriculture (BÖL) was set up in 2001 by the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (then BMVEL); the relevance, effectiveness and resource efficiency of its research component was evaluated in this project.
Organic Farm Incomes in England and WalesDEFRAAnalysis of financial performance of organic farming in terms of profitablity and enterprise persformance relative to previous years and in comparison to conventional based on the FBS/Defra Data Archive for 2009/10
Economics Analysis of Certification Systems in Organic Food and Farming (Certcost)EC FP 7The main project objective is to generate research based knowledge on how to improve the organic food certification system in terms of efficiency, transparency and cost effectiveness.
Use and efficiency of public support measures addressing organic farming in the EU (AGRIEVAL)DG AgricultureThe project analyses public support measures addressing organic farming in relation to impact on number of organic farms, organic land area, market development and policy coherence.
Farm Accountancy Cost Estimation and Policy Analysis of European Agriculture (FACEPA)European Commission (sub-contract from vTI)Assist with the identification of cost of production for specific organic enterprises and environmental indicators using farm accountancy data (FADN)
The Potential for Extending Economic Farm-Level Benchmarking to Environmental and Other Aspects of Farm Performance (EBM)DEFRADesk study exploring the potential to extend farm-level financial and technical benchmarking to cover the areas of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, animal welfare and agri-environment and management practices.