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Learning from the South: Mixed Farming in Stressed Environments

This study aims to inform the RELU (Rural Economy and Land Use) programme by setting a range of key questions concerning the transfer of knowledge of agricultural research and practise in Europe and developing areas to the UK case.

It is based on the premise that many 'process related' practises/approaches transcend bio-physical (climate, ecology) differences and could lead to new and creative ways of thinking about issues in the UK.  Drawing on insights from different research communities, this project aims to facilitate a two-way learning process.  The aim is to stimulate a dialogue between researchers and practitioners in the UK, Europe and developing areas to engender the transfer of ideas and 'ways of thinking' about common challenges within small-scale mixed farming in stressed environments. 

This will be achieved through a two day workshop that will evaluate transferable components of 'process-related' best practice approaches in order to put forward a question-setting agenda for identifying and progressing key issues in small-scale mixed farming in stressed environments to enhance sustainability. This agenda will review the divers behind the social and economic pressures facing these farmers, many of which have common dimensions, their impact on the rural environment and propose sustainable means for managing them.

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