15 November 2018
UK Organic Congress 2018

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

3 January 2019
Oxford Real Farming Conference

to 4th January 2019



28 October 2018
Our Common Ground

New progress report from the Food, Farming & Countryside Commission

26 October 2018
European Commission extends experiment on marketing populations

Marketing of cereal populations extended until 2021



2 November 2018
Future for UK organic farming debated at Congress in Rugby

'Going for Growth' is the theme of this year’s UK Organic Congress held in Rugby on 15-16 November

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:

Dr. 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 (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

Previous relevant work

The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification