What is RISE?
RISE is a philanthropic foundation that aims to promote a sustainable, profitable and internationally competitive rural economy across Europe and to preserve the European countryside, its environment and biodiversity, cultural heritage and traditions. RISE works through supporting innovative pilot projects, think tank work on rural and environmental issues, and by providing a platform for debate on key issues that affect rural communities.
RISE launches research project on the Sustainable Intensification of Europe's agriculture
We are excited to unveil our latest research project which is being led by Emeritus Professor Allan Buckwell from the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). The project aims to unpack the meaning of Sustainable Intensification in a European context. In the global debate on food production for a growing population, the current focus is on developing countries and their agricultural systems. The RISE study, however, will analyse Europe's role in this context. This will involve exploring the trade-offs between intensifying the production side of agriculture and improving its environmental performance. It will also show that solutions on how to make agriculture more productive and more sustainable will vary greatly depending on local, climatic, economic and geographic contexts.