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Supporting New Rural Support Scheme

Evidence to Support Development of a New Rural Support Scheme for Scotland: A summary of written outputs.

The NISRIE principle investigator lead a team of experts from SRUC, the James Hutton Institute, Pareto Consulting and ICF to deliver a series of Scottish Government commissioned analytical and conceptual papers on future agricultural support in Scotland.  The work builds on the the work embedded in previous Strategic Research Programmes and is closely aligned to NISRIE objectives on the Rural Economy and in particular the impact that evolving agricultural support may have on rural and Island economies and Communities. 

To help progress its own unique approach to agricultural policy that supports sustainable food production and tackles climate change and nature restoration, the Scottish Government commissioned work in 2021 to provide expert advice and analytical support to help consider future policy options available for Scotland.

The programme of work consisted of (i) evidence reviews; (ii) conceptual, expert, think pieces (e.g. Basic Payment Scheme Regions, delivery framework, incentivising nature restoration); and, (iii) analytical evidence. In total twelve written reports were provided to the Scottish Government, in addition to numerous informal discussions with officials, presentations of concepts and findings to officials, and presentations to the Agriculture Reform Implementation Oversight Board. This report reproduces the summaries from each of the 12 individual written reports.


Authors: Steven Thomson, Andrew Moxey and Keith Matthews

Funded by RESAS: Commissioned project on Economic Advice & Related Services to Support Development of a New Rural Support Scheme for Scotland (Ref: RESAS/005/21

The summary report can be read using the download link below.

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