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Research Publications in journals:
Managing Soil Organic Carbon: A Farm Perspective
Year:2014
Research Areas
  • Soil science,
  • Climate change,
  • Social economy
Information
Abstract
Farming practices that lead to declining returns and inputs of carbon to soils pose a threat to key soil functions. The EU FP 7 interdisciplinary project Smart SOIL is using scientific testing and modeling to identify management practices that can optimize soil carbon storage and crop productivity. A consultation with advisors and policymakers in six European case study regions seeks to identify barriers to, and incentives for, uptake of such practices. Results from preliminary interviews are reported. Overall advisor and farmer awareness of management practices specifically directed towards soil carbon. is low. Most production- related decisions are taken in the short term, but managing soil carbon needs a long- term approach. Key barriers to uptake of practices include: perceived scientifi c uncertainty about the effi cacy of practices; lack of real life ?best practice? examples to show farmers; diffi culty in demonstrating the positive effects of soil carbon management practices and economic benefi ts over a long time scale; and advisors being unable to provide suitable advice due to inadequate information or training. Most farmers are unconvinced of the economic benefi ts of practices for managing soil carbon. Incentives are therefore needed, either as subsidies or as evidence of the cost effectiveness of practices. All new measures and advice should be integrated into existing programmes to avoid a fragmented policy approach.
International
Si
JCR
No
Title
Eurochoices
ISBN
1478-0917
Impact factor JCR
Impact info
Volume
10.1111/1746-692X.12057
Journal number
From page
12
To page
19
Month
SIN MES
Ranking
Participants
  • Autor: Julie Ingram (Countryside)
  • Autor: Jane Mills (Countryside)
  • Autor: Ana Frelih¿Larsen (Ecology Institute. Berlin)
  • Autor: Mckenna Davis (Ecology Institute. Berlin)
  • Autor: Paulo Merante (University of Florence)
  • Autor: Sian Ringrose (Scontland¿s Rural College. Sctoland)
  • Autor: Andras Molnar (Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (Hungary))
  • Autor: Berta Sánchez Fernández (UPM)
  • Autor: Bhim Bahadur Ghaley (University of Copenhagen. Denmark)
  • Autor: Zbigniew Karaczun (Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Poland)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Hidroinformática y Gestión del Agua
  • Departamento: Economía Agraria, Estadística y Gestión de Empresas
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