Do Agricultural Advisory Services in Europe Have the Capacity to Support the Transition to Healthy Soils?
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Author/sIngram, Julie; Mills, Jane; Black, Jasmine E.; Chivers, Charlotte-Anne; Aznar Sánchez, José Ángel; [et al.]
The need to provide appropriate information, technical advice and facilitation to support farmers in transitioning towards healthy soils is increasingly clear, and the role of the Agricultural Advisory Services (AAS) in this is critical. However, the transformation of AAS (plurality, commercialisation, fragmentation, decentralisation) brings new challenges for delivering advice to support soil health management. This paper asks: To what extent do agricultural advisory services have the capacity to support the transition to healthy soils across Europe? Using the ‘best fit’ framework, analytical characteristics of the AAS relevant to the research question (governance structures, management, organisational and individual capacities) were identified. Analysis of 18 semi-structured expert interviews across 6 case study countries in Europe, selected to represent a range of contexts, was undertaken. Capacities to provide soil health management (SHM) advice are constrained by funding arrangeme...
agricultural advisory services
sustainable soil management