Optimising profitability of crop production through Ecological Focus Areas

How can EFAs, more specifically landscape features and buffer strips and their management, contribute to the profitability of crop production?


The final report of this Focus Group has been published.


Tasks:

  • Identify types of management of EFAs on arable land assessing the costs and benefits for the cropping system.
  • Taking stock of best practices and research that result in EFAs management practices which enhance crop productivity and profitability through, for example, improved yields, pest and disease control, soil fertility, water retention, nutrients cycling, pollination… .
  • Characterize the success and fail factors for the implementation of these identified practices/methods by farmers and land owners to enhance crop production profitability through EFAs management and summarise how to address these factors.
  • Explore the role of innovation and knowledge transfer in supporting the enhancement of the productivity and profitability of the crop production through the establishment of EFAs.
  • Propose directions for future research and setting-up of Operational Groups.

Results:


Other information:


Focus Group members:

Surname, first name

Profession

Country

Alomar Kurz, Oscar Contact this member

Scientist

Spain

Begg, Graham

Scientist

United Kingdom

Buren, Christoph

Farmer

Germany

Chenaux, Barthélémy

Farm advisor; scientist; other

France

Elmquist, Helena
Farm advisor; expert from agriculture organization, industry or manufacturing

Sweden

Flamm, Clemens

Expert from agriculture organization, industry or manufacturing

Austria

Gosme, Marie

Scientist

France

Guerin, Olivier

Expert from agriculture organization, industry or manufacturing

France

Jeanneret,  Philippe

Scientist

(Non European country) Switzerland

Keena, Catherine

Other type of advisor

Ireland

Korevaar, Hein
Scientist

Netherlands

O hUallachain, Daire

Scientist

Ireland

Oppermann, Rainer
Scientist

Germany

Palma, Francisco
Farmer

Portugal

Reubens, Bert

Scientist

Belgium

Robinson, Claire

Expert from agriculture organization, industry or manufacturing

United Kingdom

Schönhart, Martin

Farmer; scientist

Austria

Theocharopoulos, Sideris

Scientist

Greece

Wackers, Felix

Expert from agriculture organization, industry or manufacturing; scientist

Germany

Winspear, Richard

Expert from NGO

United Kingdom

Facilitation team
Baudry, Jacques
Coordinating expert France
Debergh, Ann-Sophie Task manager Belgium

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