Tag Archives: sustainable farming incentive

Defra’s plans to support farmers could be good but we just don’t know enough to say

This post is by Jenna Hegarty, deputy director of policy at the RSPB.

Sir Dieter Helm recently said “Never have we needed nature-friendly farming as much as we do now”. With a decade to act on climate and nature, to avoid irreversible breakdowns, we don’t just need a farming system that minimises its environmental impact, it also needs to be net positive for nature.

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The new Sustainable Farming Incentive explained

This post is by Jonathan Baker, deputy director for programme policy, engagement and strategy in Defra’s future farming and countryside programme.

It’s the look of excitement that gets you. Working with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), I and other Defra officials are talking to civil servants around the world about how, in the run up to COP26, our reforms to agricultural policy in England represent a model for other nations to address the nature and climate crises.

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