Knowledge networks for sustainable agriculture in England

Curry, Nigel R and Ingram, Julie and Kirwan, James and Maye, Damian (2012) Knowledge networks for sustainable agriculture in England. Outlook on Agriculture, 41 (4). pp. 243-248. ISSN 00307270

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Abstract

The agricultural knowledge and information system (AKIS) in England has become more fragmented since the late 1980s. Its market orientation came just at the time of an increased need for non-market advice, particularly on the environment. Results from 11 face-to-face interviews and a workshop with a range of industry representatives suggest that this disjuncture and the unregulated nature of the AKIS have been frustrating for many in the agricultural community. These results support the literature in suggesting that sustainable agriculture (SA) has no consensual definition, but there is agreement that it requires a blend of market and non-market actions. Knowledge on SA is developing via retailers and consumers as well as farmers themselves, often through networks and co-learning, stimulated by regulatory requirements and grant information as well as profitability. There is much innovation in learning about SA within the AKIS, but its uptake is likely to be most strongly influenced by policy signals that provide incentives to farmers to farm more sustainably - for example, through the axes of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and a clearer justification as to why sustainable principles in agriculture make sound business sense for farmers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable agriculture; agricultural knowledge systems; networks; co-learning
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2014 12:33
Last Modified: 20 May 2016 12:55
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/350

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