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The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation has funded Innovative Farmers

The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation has funded a pioneering new project to help British farmers improve their productivity in an environmentally responsible way. Innovative Farmers (formerly Duchy Future Farming Programme) is being delivered by the Soil Association, the UK’s leading organic food and farming charity, in partnership with Waitrose Duchy Organic.

The Duchy Future Farming Programme involves farmers across the country in developing innovative techniques aimed at improving yields and nutritional performance in organic and low-input agriculture. At its heart is a network of on-farm events, led by farmers and growers, where farmers share their know-how, work with scientists to design field experiments, and pinpoint practical challenges. These will shape the priorities for a new research fund, which will target key barriers to sustainable farming and food systems.

One of the key aims of the programme is to help farmers make the best use of renewable resources and sustainable management techniques in order to build soil fertility and control pests and diseases. The programme focuses on ecological farming, especially approaches that reduce farmers’ reliance on expensive inputs. It is therefore be particularly relevant to producers who farm to organic standards, yet open to all.