Jane Mills - WP8

Jane Mills - WP8

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 22:09

Upcoming global symposium on soil biodiversity

 

The FAO is holding a global symposium on soil biodiversity‘Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity from 19-22 April 2021. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be fully virtual. 

 

The main objective will be to fill some critical knowledge gaps and promote discussion among policymakers, food producers, scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders on solutions to live in harmony with nature, and ultimately, achieve the SDGs through the conservation and sustainable use of soil biodiversity.

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 15:19

Managing trafficking

Managing trafficking can minimise risks of soil compaction and erosion by reducing the weight and/or frequency of machinery passing across soil. 

Potential ways of managing trafficking include changing the size of machinery, adjusting tyre pressures, drilling across slopes, keeping equipment to headlands, adopting a controlled trafficking system, reducing tillage, and avoiding trafficking during wet periods.  

 

 Title  Language  Type of resource  Link to the resource
A guide to cutting compaction (through managed trafficking) EN Online guide https://soilandwater.org.uk/Guide-to-cutting-compaction
Informative website on controlled traffic farming  EN  Website  http://www.controlledtrafficfarming.com/WhatIs/What-Is-CTF.aspx 
Controlled traffic farming: What is CTF and how to implement it on your farm EN Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHbAZivTCLo

 

Four ScenariosThe SoilCare project is developing a set of future scenarios with the aim of identifying different pathways for European agriculture, from now until 2050, that will help to support the development of policies that are future-proof.  The scenario development process is intended to provide a contribution in the following ways:

      • develop scenarios capable of testing the effectiveness of proposed policies, and to be used in the design of policies
      • enable social learning and increase strategic capacity when considering policy alternatives and uncertain futures
      • increase the understanding of difficult futures to operate in, and find ways to take action now against these futures
Thursday, 21 May 2020 19:43

First SoilCare Policy Brief available

Policy brief1 frontcoverThe first in a serices of SoilCare policy briefs aimed at providing concise summaries on particular soil-related issues identified in the project with recommendations for policy options has been produced.  This first policy brief entitled Soil health policies for CAP and Agri-environment Directives shows how soil health policies can be integrated into CAP and Agri-Environment Directives and suggests 3 policy options for increasing the uptake of soil health practices:

  • Build SICS clearly into CAP Pillar I as cross-cutting farm practices for public goods .
  • Increase facilitators for farmer information exchange and training for advisors in soil health practices (e.g. via Farm Advisory Services).
  • Use SICS to cross-cut policy frameworks and directives: e.g. cover crops to address both the Water Framework and Nitrogen Directive

Local farmers visiting the compaction alleviation experimentLowRes27 April 2020 A team from the SoilCare project has published a new open access paper in Emerald Open Research: "Social capital factors affecting uptake of sustainable soil management practices: a literature review".  The narrative reviewed aimed to understand how social capital influences the adoption of sol management practices in developed nations.  The review found that the four components of social capital – trust, norms, connectedness and power – can all influence the decision of farmers to change their soil management.

Thursday, 21 May 2020 18:42

Sixth SoilCare Newsletter Published

Newsletter6 frontcoverThe 6th SoilCare newsletter has now been published and can be downloaded HERE. This issue covers a range of topics, including:

1. Developing Future Scenarios for Policy

2. New report: Demonstration activities in study sites

3. News from the field: German demonstration day of cover crops and reduced tillage

4. News from the field: Greek demonstration preventing soil loss and changing crops from oranges to avocados

5. News from the field: Italian demonstration day - deep-rooting cover crop using tillage radish

6. SICS Focus: Salinization-specific SICS

7. New SoilCare Videos

8. New SoilCare publications9. Past events/presentations

The SoilCare project is developing a set of future scenarios with the aim of identifying different pathways for European agriculture, from now until 2050, that will help to support the development of policies that are future-proof.  The scenario development process is intended to provide a contribution in the following ways:

  • develop scenarios capable of testing the effectiveness of proposed policies, and to be used in the design of policies
  • enable social learning and increase strategic capacity when considering policy alternatives and uncertain futures
  • increase the understanding of difficult futures to operate in, and find ways to take action now against these futures

An overview of the approach taken to developing these scenarios can be found here.  To date, the following 4 draft scenarios have been developed.

Four Scenarios

 

A description and a video providing details of each scenario can be found below.

 Scenario 1: Local and sustainable (for those who can afford it) Description of Scenario 1  SoilCare Scenario1 cover slide
 Scenario 2: Under pressure  Description of Scenario 2   SoilCare Scenario2 cover slide1
 Scenario 3: Race to the bottom  Description of Scenario 3

  SoilCare Scenario3 cover slide

 Scenario 4: Caring and sharing  Description of Scenario 4

  SoilCare Scenario4 cover slide3

 

 

The draft scenarios were presented at a Webinar on 23rd April 2020 where participants were asked to provide feedback on each scenario in order to develop them further. The Webinar presentations can be found here (Webinar introduction and Approach and Scenarios) and a recording of the Webinar here.

We are still collecting feedback on these scenarios to help improve their content and relevance and to ensure we receive feedback from as wide a range of people across different sectors as possible. 

Please help by providing your feedback in the form here.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 20:50

Media artikelen

Country/Media type Title with link Source type Date
 Belgium      
 Article Effectief werken aan dem bodemkwaliteit

 Management & Technology   magazine

 26.05.18
 Article SoilCare test bodemverbetering via teelttechnieken  National   information   centre for   agriculture  05.12.17
 Article SoilCare: voor rendabele en duurzame gewasproductie in    
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:47

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

The SoilCare project has produced a number of concise summaries on particular soil-related issues identified in the project with some recommendations for policy options. 

 Policy brief1 frontcover

 Soil health policies for CAP and Agri-environment Directives

   
   
   
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