Forum for the Future and the NFU have heard that their bid for
funds to make farmers and land managers aware of measures to reduce
climate change and its potential effects has been accepted.
The NFU and Forum for the Future have been awarded £123,566
for use during the first financial year of the project and £47,940
for the second year.
The money has been awarded from Defra’s Climate Challenge
Fund which is enabling different sectors to reduce their contribution
to climate change and respond to its impact.
For farmers and land managers, climate change is already having
a direct effect on production and global markets. The agricultural
sector is already reducing its dependence on fossil fuels and meeting
demand for new products.
Peter Kendall, President of the NFU said: “This is good
news and a recognition of the work the NFU is already doing to
inform members on the effects of climate change. There is so much
farmers and land managers can do to mitigate the effects of climate
change and this money will make it possible to keep them up to
date with the measures they should be taking.
“Working with Forum for the Future we plan to keep the sector
up to date with the direct and indirect effects of climate change
on agriculture and horticulture, outlining the practical ways in
which land managers can respond to the impacts of climate change
on their businesses.
Peter Madden, Chief Executive of Forum for the Future said: “Farmers
will be at the forefront of dealing with climate change. They will
have to cope with the impacts, and they can also play a big part
in stopping it happening. We want to explain how they can do this
in ways that save them money and bring wider benefits to society.
“One key element of the project will be to highlight practical
examples of what farmers are already doing, so that others can
This project is a partnership between Forum for the Future,
the UK sustainable development charity, and the National Farmers
Union, representing the interests of farmers and growers in England
and Wales, with a farming membership of over 60,000. This proposal
also has the support of the Applied Research Forum, representing
the seven agricultural levy boards.
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