BE-23 :: Agricultural practices and land management

Land management systems and agricultural practices should take into account the actual situation of the soil and the impact of the practices or management systems on the soil and the environment (also on the long term). Knowledge is available but not always satisfactorily distributed and applied.
Research questions:
Land management
Can we integrate the existing knowledge in the educational practice of e.g. (urban) planners, agricultural sciences, etc…? How can this knowledge be translated into laymen terms that make them more accessible to the agriculture sector?
How to realize sustainable intensification in agriculture?
How to process manure in such a way that it is better absorbed by the soil with less “leaching”?
How to process compost or the recycling of bio waste in the most suitable, practical and cost effective way?
How to make horticulture (vegetables) more sustainable (e.g. less soil compaction due to intensive farming, less use of pesticides, less erosion)?
How to make irrigation and drainage more effective and sustainable (e.g. less impact on soil biodiversity, less leaching of nutrients)?
Impacts of land management
How should we assess the environmental impact (e.g. on water and soil quality) of the different kinds of land management practices in terms of costs on society, e.g. the cost to society on loss of soil fertility, soil biodiversity or food health by some unsustainable or harmful agricultural practices? How to take into account the results of these assessments?