Opportunities and risks for farming and the landscape at environment scales.

Project Details


The Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP) is a multi-partner research programme comprising farmers, industry experts, academia, environmental organisations, policymakers and other stakeholders.

Funded by Defra and the Welsh Government, the platform is exploring the opportunities and risks of Sustainable Intensification (SI) from a range of perspectives and landscape scales across England and Wales.

The platform comprises three linked and transdisciplinary research projects:

SIP 1: 'Integrated Farm Management for improved economic, environmental and social performance'
SIP 2: 'Opportunities and risks for farming and the environment at landscape scales'
The above two projects, begun in 2014, will run for three years and investigate ways to increase farm productivity, reduce environmental impacts and increase the benefits that agricultural land provides to society.
SIP 3: A six-month scoping study on 'The influence of external drivers and actors on the sustainability and productivity of English and Welsh farming' has been completed.

Study Areas

A network of five study farms and seven specific landscape areas are central to the research of the SIP. These have been chosen from a range of farming sectors, systems and situations across England and Wales.

Study Farms:

- North Wyke (Devon) and Duchy Future Farm (Cornwall)
- Henfaes (North Wales)
- The Allerton Project (Leicestershire)
- Nafferton Farm (Northumberland)
- Morley Farm (Norfolk)

Landscape areas:

- Taw (Devon)
- Conwy (Wales)
- Upper Welland (East Midlands)
- Nafferton area (Northumberland)
- Wensum and Yare (Norfolk)
- Avon (Hampshire)
- Eden (Cumbria)

SIP has a number of partners and sub-contractors.

SIP Objectives:

SIP is developing ways of funding and conducting collaborative research for applying methods of sustainable intensification in agriculture.

The platform is:

- Developing a community of practice - stronger links between scientists, farmers, economists, eco-services, policymakers and other environmental and agricultural stakeholders
- Utilising study farms to host research on farming systems and land management
- Creating a data platform to enable access to the wealth of data collected within the SIP projects for researchers, policymakers and other interested parties
Effective start/end date1/01/1531/07/17


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