Current research & projects:
In 2019 we started researching existing subsidies for erosion measures in the area.
Investigate the influence of subsidies on farming practices in Southern Spain. There are many existing subsidies for farming. There are basic subsidies but also specific subsidies for sustainable and regenerative farming practices. What is the influence of these subsidies on farms in Southern Spain? And how could subsidies empower farmers to adopt sustainable farming practices?
knowledge creation & communication strategy
Current research & projects:
In 2018 we started researching studying mechanisms for co-creation of agro-ecological knowledge.What makes such processes effective? And which conditions should be met for these processes to be effective? Those are the main questions we address by specifically focusing on the co-creation of knowledge between scientists and farmers within the AlVelAl territory.
How can the Regeneration Academy communicate its research and findings to governments, other farmers, universities and the wider community? At the Regeneration Academy a lot of knowledge is created. This knowledge is valuable in the transition to regenerative and sustainable farming and rural development. How can we communicate this knowledge to the people it is interesting for? And how do we become a hotspot of knowledge co-creation on regenerative farming?
monitoring of farm projects
Develop a low-budget monitoring framework on how to measure economic or ecological performance. Identify SMART, low-budget indicators for landscape restoration. Depending on your background and experience you could develop a monitoring framework for the natural zone or the farming zone, and you could decide to focus on ecological performance (soil, biodiversity, water, etc.) or economic performance (production, management costs, market characteristics, etc.). This work will be fundamental for the future monitoring of the farm restoration activities and all follow-up studies that will be done.
To monitor and continue ongoing experiments on the farm, concerning experiments with intercropping, groundcovers and anti-erosion measures. Several types of experiments are going on at La Junquera. Experiments are continuously being developed and implemented. However, monitoring is of needed to see the development of the soils, crops and biodiversity after putting regenerative link groundcovers or swales into practice. Do the soils really improve due these measures? If so, what kind of improvements can you observe?
What is the potential for carbon offset schemes related to regenerative agriculture? The world of carbon offset schemes is a controversial one, there are pro’s and con’s which are all valid. Nevertheless, it is an interesting opportunity for governance to positively influence the transition towards regenerative agriculture by providing monetary instruments that can help overcome hurdles when it comes to implementing forestry schemes or (possibly) ground covers. Analysing its possibilities for restoration and regeneration are vital to this region as it is one of the poorest regions of Spain with very little resources available.