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MIXED Advisory Board – support from three outstanding experts

MIXED has been fortunate to establish collaboration with three outstanding experts to provide advice and feedback to the project and further share their expertise with the MIXED group to support implementation and strengthen impact

The MIXED project meeting 13-16 September was the first opportunity for the Advisory Board and the MIXED project participants to meet and engage. Through the presentations by the three board members it was clear that there was many mutual interest and areas for collaboration with the project:

Teresa Pinto-Correia, Professor, University of Evora, Portugal

Prof. Pinto-Correia is a geographer in Landscape Ecology and leads the Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development (MED). The center has focus on the development of solutions for sustainability of agro-ecosystems, the environment and the supporting landscapes in the Mediterranean. Experience includes mixed farming in a landscape approach, socioeconomics of landscape changes and challenges, as well as policy development for a more flexible and performance based CAP and agri-environmental schemes rewarding farmers for going beyond mandatory requirements.

John Gilliland, Director of Global Agriculture & Sustainability, Devenish

John Gilliland is a farmer, innovator, farm leader and policy advisor. He is the Chair of Northern Ireland Sustainable Land Management Strategy Group, & the ARC ZERO, an EIP Project. He has been president of Ulster Farmers Union. He is a member of the EU Commission’s Mission Board Assembly on Soil Health & Food and has been Chair of the UK Rural Climate Change Forum, DEFRA, London, and Non Ex. Director for SAC/SRUC, Edinburgh (Carbon Management Centre). On his farm, there is focus on delivering multiple public goods: delivering soil improvement, measuring carbon sequestration, improving water quality – reducing over land flow, as well as optimising biodiversity.

Walter Rossing, Associate professor, Farming Systems Ecology (FSE), Wageningen University & Research

The FSE Group focuses on the analysis and redesign of farming systems and foodscapes, so that they deliver multiple benefits to humankind, using natural processes as the starting point. Professor Rossing has extensive experience in implementation of EU projects. Specific expertise and interest includes farming to food systems analysis and design, crop diversification, project governance for action such as how to effectively organize projects for change through e.g. co-innovation.