Find out more about the findings of the SoilCare project during our soil-improving cropping systems session and learn more about novel approaches and methods for engaging with stakeholders during our method market session!

 

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Session 1: CAN CROP PRODUCTION IN EUROPE BE SUSTAINABLE AND PROFITABLE? INSIGHTS FROM THE SOILCARE PROJECT

Date: Thursday 26 August

Time: 09:45-10:15 CET

Convenors

Rudi Hessel, Wageningen Environmental Research

Julie Ingram, Jane Mills, Matt Reed, Charlotte Chivers, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire, UK

Aims

European crop production needs to remain competitive while reducing environmental impacts, requiring the uptake of effective soil-improving cropping systems (SICS). This session will give delegates an opportunity to learn about and engage with the SoilCare project, which has identified and evaluated promising SICS that have the potential to increase the profitability and sustainability of arable agriculture across Europe. The session will showcase trans-disciplinary research evaluating benefits and drawbacks of different SICS, incorporating a wide range of biophysical, socio-economic and policy aspects. A multi-actor approach was used to select and test SICS in 16 study sites across Europe. Specific attention was paid to the adoption of SICS. The SoilCare project started in March 2016, and the proposed session will present results to date, soliciting feedback from the audience & discussing key topics such as the role of national versus EU policy in promoting soil health, barriers and enablers to the adoption of soil-improving cropping systems, innovations that could improve soil health, and implications for profitability and sustainability as well as for policy and practice. We propose to have quick-fire presentations and videos of the emerging results from the SoilCare project, followed by role-play fishbowl with people representing policymakers/farmers/advisers/scientists primed to discuss the effectiveness of soil- 7 improving cropping systems, barriers to the adoption of sustainable land management technologies and approaches, and factors to support adoption/adaptation/learning. We will have a free chair for the audience to participate and ask questions.

Speakers

  • Melanie Muro, Milieu Consulting: Barriers to the use of Soil-Improving Cropping Systems. What we learned and how this helps us define policy actions
  • Rudi Hessel, Wageningen Environmental Research: SoilCare for profitable and sustainable crop production in Europe
  • Guido Wyseure, KU Leuven: Results of the SoilCare experiments
  • Luuk Fleskens, Wageningen University: The integrated assessment model used in SoilCare
  • Ioanna Panagea, KU Leuven: Further results from the SoilCare experiments
  • Jantiene Baartman, Wageningen University: The integrated assessment model used in SoilCare

 

Session 2: NOVEL APPROACHES AND METHODS FOR ENGAGING WITH STAKEHOLDERS: ADDRESSING SOIL FUNCTIONS RELEVANT TO SDG2

Date: Thursday 26 August

Time: 14:15 – 15:45 CET

Convenors

Julie Ingram, Jane Mills, Charlotte Chivers

Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire, UK

Lilian O’Sullivan

TEAGASC, Environment, Soils and Land Use Department, Ireland

Aims

The need for such participation in research concerning soil management is increasingly evident, given the scope and complexity of soil processes, the multiplicity of actors who manage or make decisions about the soil, and the fragmented policy, research and advisory approaches concerned with managing soil functions (synergies and trade-offs) in agricultural systems. 

This session aims to share and reflect on experiences with multi-stakeholder participation, co-production of knowledge, and co-innovation for sustainable soil management in the agricultural context.  Specifically, we want to:

  • draw on and share our collective experiences with participatory approaches in working with stakeholders in a number of soil research projects
  • build capacity in the research community for carrying out participatory research to equip them to meet future research challenges with soil management on the context of SDG2

We’ll be holding a Methods Market with the following presenters:

  • The Catchment Challenge – landscape co-design for soil functions, Lilian O’Sullivan, Teagasc, Ireland
  • Farmland earthworm monitoring (30-minute worms), Jackie Stroud, SRUC, Scotland 
  • Social learning video, Patricia Fry, BFH, Switzerland
  • Using deliberative multi-criteria techniques with stakeholders to select soil-improving cropping systems, Kamilla Svaalsveen, NIBIO, Norway