Andrew Barnes

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Head of Rural Resource Economics
Scotland’s Rural College

Since obtaining my PhD from Glasgow University in 2001 on the economics of agricultural research systems, I have worked on a range of agricultural economic based policy analyses.  Since 2001, I have been a junior then senior agricultural economist, conducting research for a variety of agencies on the various aspects of agricultural policy analysis.  In 2011, I became a Reader in Innovation and Behavioural Change, in recognition of my work examining farmer and supply chain barriers for uptake of technologies.  I was awarded a personal chair in Rural Resource Economics in 2017. 


Project Lead: Andy Evans
The use of pesticides to manage plant pests and diseases is a key management intervention across plant health sectors, particularly in agriculture, horticulture and commercial forestry production. Pesticide withdrawals through legislation, coupled with resistance development, and their impact on plant health have emerged as key concerns for Scottish plant health stakeholders. There is an urgent need to quantify the impact on Scottish plant health that will arise from pesticide withdrawal scenarios and to set this in the context and time frame of alternative management tools. This will be used to inform recommendations on pesticide strategy at the Scottish, UK and EU levels going forward. A synthesis report of available information is required to identify products at risk and work through scenarios for the plant types, pests and diseases of importance in Scotland. This will be a project where cross-sectoral dialogue between the plant health sectors of agriculture / crop production, horticulture, forestry and the environment will be necessary. The project will review existing information and a key output will be summary recommendations appropriate for use by policy makes. The bid must include time to engage with in cross-sectoral dialogue and with Scottish Government staff to discuss and progress early drafts.

Impact: Improved understanding of costs and benefits of pesticide use across Scottish sectors and an impact analysis for the most likely withdrawal scenarios such that key gaps can be identified and their impact quantified in order to inform pesticide policy.