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LIFT project (2018-2022) - Low-Input Farming and Territories - Integrating knowledge for improving ecosystem-based farming

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The 4-year Horizon 2020 project LIFT (770747, 2018-2022) - Low-Input Farming and Territories - Integrating knowledge for improving ecosystem-based farming, funded by the EU, links researcher focusing on extensive agricultural production system with stakeholders to develop and assess innovative ways to improve their sustainability.

Ecological approaches to farming practices are gaining interest across Europe. As this interest grows there is a pressing need to assess the potential contributions these practices may make, the contexts in which they function and their attractiveness to farmers as potential adopters. In particular, ecological agriculture must be assessed against the aim of promoting the improved performance and sustainability of farms, rural environment, rural societies and economies, together.

The overall goal of LIFT is to identify the potentiel benefits of the adoption of ecological farming in the European Union (EU) and to understand how socio-economic and policy factors impact the adoption, performance and sustainability of ecological farming at various scales, from the level of the single farm to that of a territory. To meet this goal, LIFT will assess the determinants of adoption of ecological approaches, and evaluate the performance and overall sustainability of these approaches in comparison to more conventional agriculture across a range of farm systems and geographic scales. LIFT will also develop new private arrangements and policy instruments that could improve the adoption and subsequent performance and sustainability of the rural nexus. For this, LIFT will suggest an innovative framework for multi-scale sustainability assessment aimed at identifying critical paths toward the adoption of ecological approaches to enhance public goods and ecosystem services delivery. This will be achieved through the integration of transdisciplinary scientific knowledge and stakeholder expertise to co-develop innovative decision-support tools.

The project will inform and support EU priorities relating to agriculture and the environment in order to promote the performance and sustainability of the combined rural system. At least 30 case studies will be performed in order to reflect the enormous variety in the socio-economic and bio-physical conditions for agriculture across the EU.

The contribution of the Economic of Modelling of Agricultural System group in Bonn consists of detailed, quantiative bio-eonomic analysis of extensive production systems across the EU based on the further developmend and application of the FARMDYN model and support to partners in applying the model to study regions in their own country.

Partners

  • Laure Latruffe, co-ordinator, INRA, France
  • 16 other partners from United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Poland and Greece

Contribution

Our group contributes to the following work packages:

  • WP1: Typology of farms (2 person months)
  • WP2: Adoption and incentives for transition to ecological approaches (0.5 person months)
  • WP3: Farm performance of ecological agriculture (31.5 person months)
  • WP5: Integrative analysis: trade-offs and synergies (2 person months)
  • WP6: The role of policies in the development of ecological agriculture (3 person months)
  • WP7: Communication, dissemination and stakeholders involvement (1 person months)

Staff working at ILR on the project

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Last updated: Thursday, May 03, 2018