Are advisory services ‘fit for purpose’ to support sustainable soil management? An assessment of advice in Europe

Ingram, Julie ORCID: 0000-0003-0712-4789 and Mills, Jane ORCID: 0000-0003-3835-3058 (2019) Are advisory services ‘fit for purpose’ to support sustainable soil management? An assessment of advice in Europe. Soil Use and Management, 35 (1). pp. 21-31. doi:10.1111/sum.12452

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This assessment examines the extent to which advisory services are able to address practitioners (primarily farmers) current and emerging knowledge needs about sustainable soil management (SSM) in Europe. The assessment is structured around the following components: the context of advice (policy, market, socio economic conditions, privatisation of advisory systems); the challenges that SSM presents for advice; the current and emerging practitioner knowledge needs and the existing structure and function of advisory services for SSM. The analysis reveals fragmented policy and advisory services, paralleled by the multi-scale character of SSM and a diverse audience for advice. The challenges and opportunities this complex arena presents are analysed and suggestions made for achieving more effective advisory services for SSM, together with examples of existing approaches.

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Article Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Advice; Advisory services; Advisers; Policy; Sustainable soil management; Farmers; Knowledge; Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.75 Agriculture and the environment
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.7 Agricultural ecology (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Imogen Young
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 08:24
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 13:15

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