There are many misconceptions about agroecological farming systems, such as organic farming, particularly around implementation and economic viability. This project would provide farmers with the knowledge and confidence that sustainable practices would work for them.
The agricultural sector is often cited as a contributor to climate change and many farmers feel pressurized to address this. However, whilst farmers are only too aware of the effects of climate change on the environment and on their own livelihoods, only 56% of farmers are currently taking action to reduce their climate impact. This is because many are concerned about the practicalities and economic viability of converting to organic farming.
Farming with ecology is knowledge intensive and requires farmers to learn how to adopt new farming practices. There is no ‘one size fits all’ and the success of adopting different practices will differ from farm to farm. We aim to expand our knowledge exchange programme to pro-actively engage with all the farmers who have yet to consider agroecology and provide with them information and guidance they need to make the change.