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25 October 2018
Oak Award Dinner at Yeo Valley
ORC fundraising dinner - filling up fast
29 October 2018
Novel breeding techniques and their implications
Threats and opportunities to UK organic food and farming sector
22 October 2018
Network with other organic farmers for knowledge share
ORC to facilitate more organic farms participating and sharing learning via AHDB Farmbench
22 October 2018
Opportunity to influence AHDB future purpose and priorities
AHDB – Make your opinion re services to organic sector known before 9th November!
20 August 2018
Tipping point in agricultural production
New study identifies that developing countries are winning the sustainable Intensification race
Can agroforestry reconcile conflicting demands for productivity, biodiversity conservation and delivery of ecosystem services?
Contract period:1 October 2010 to 30 September 2013
Main funder:University of Reading/ORC
Contact staff at ORC:Dr. Jo Smith
Project aimsAlexa Varah, PhD student with University of Reading. Farmed landscapes are increasingly expected to deliver multiple goods and services to society. A key challenge is to develop sustainable landscapes which can simultaneously meet the needs of food production, biodiversity conservation and delivery of ecosystem services. Agroforestry can lead to high productivity and provide a wide range of ecosystem services including soil management, microclimate modification, biodiversity support, pest and disease control, nutrient recycling and carbon sequestration. This PhD aims: (i) to identify which goods and services agroforestry systems can deliver, (ii) to quantify the values of these services (ecologically and economically), and (iii) to inform the process of how policy can support these activities.
Project leader and partnersHannah Jones and Simon Potts, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading