Sharing knowledge and innovation to fight climate change

Projects funded during the last round of the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund.

Projects contributing to the reduction of emissions and the fight against climate change in agriculture and food production have been selected under the last cycle of the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF).

The chosen projects focus specifically on resource efficiency, emission reduction, environmental performance and farm sustainability, and are supported by just over £ 170,000 in funding through KTIF.

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said:

“As COP26 approached, the whole world was thinking about what needs to be done to tackle climate change and what we need to do in the future.

“It is clear that we all need to work together to achieve our climate goals. I can’t wait to see how successful projects will help us get there. This is why investing and supporting the transfer of knowledge and innovation within our agricultural sector has never been more important.

Fund

The Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund is funded from the Scottish Government’s rural budget. The program funds projects based on knowledge transfer and innovation aligned with EU rural priorities, including promoting resource efficiency and supporting the transition to a low-carbon and resilient economy. climate change in the agricultural, food and forestry sectors.

Newly approved projects

  1. Agroforestry in action 2 – Facilitated by the Soil Association (Scotland) – £ 18,862.50

The aim of the project is to build on the success of their 2021 Agroforestry in Action (AIA) program, by leveraging the knowledge gained to continue raising awareness and providing farmers, farmers and managers land resources and information on the opportunities for agroforestry in Scotland, and its benefits for productive and sustainable agriculture, resource-efficient land management, the environment, nature and a secure climate.

  1. Soil health – A road to net zero for the Scottish livestock industry – Facilitated by Farm Stock (Scotland) Ltd – £ 69,878

The aim of the project is to help the Scottish farming industry meet the Scottish Government’s goals by becoming more efficient, including through better management of soil health.

  1. Farmers in the field video case studies – Facilitated by Forth Resource Management – £ 4,374

The goal of the project is to create a case studio video series made up of three videos aimed at highlighting the role of agricultural industries in the transition to a low carbon future. They also aim to share knowledge and learnings on food and energy production for the benefit of the environment to the entire agricultural industry.

  1. Agroecology – Facilitating a change of mindset – Hosted by Nourish Scotland – £ 43,575

The aim of the project is to bring together six non-governmental organizations – 3 entirely farmer-led and 3 whose members include farmers – to facilitate knowledge transfer and exchange among farmers who have started adopting approaches and practices. agroecological practices and those who have not yet done so. to be convinced.

This project aims to broaden understanding of agroecology, in particular through a cooperative farmer-to-farmer / farmer-to-farmer learning program.

The project will aim to achieve this with groups of 8-10 farmers who are diverse in terms of business and geography across Scotland, with learning shared between groups and with industry bodies, to through the members of the organizations and more broadly through the 6 organizations. communication channels.

  1. Carbon baby footprints – Facilitated by Wholesome Pigs (Scotland) – £ 35,100

The aim of the project is to build on the success of using benchmarking within the Scottish pig industry to provide improved measurement tools, to minimize the work involved on the farm to perform audits and thus reduce any future financial support requirements.

At least three different pig farm carbon calculators will be interviewed to provide the project team with an understanding of the specific data entry requirements for each calculator. The experience of operations having carried out a carbon footprint during the last 12 months will also be used.

They hope to achieve this by making visits to 15 farms to research the data. 15 carbon footprints will then be produced using the database to test the system, covering a representative sample of unit size, geography and production system. Experimental farms will receive an individual report advising on priority actions to rapidly reduce their own emissions.

A national benchmarking report will be generated by running all data through a single carbon calculator, allowing farmers to see how they are performing compared to their peers. It will also analyze how different types or sizes of farms affect emissions.

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