Land is an essential, finite resource. Let’s preserve it from urban development and ensure that farming practices contribute to protect the quality of the soil, water and ecosystems.READ MORE
Current land markets and policies come together to favour agro-industrial forms of farming and fuel land concentration. How can we secure land to ensure the development of agroecology in Europe?READ MORE
Within 10 years, half European farmers will retire. Currently, many retirements lead to farm closure and land concentration. How to facilitate farm succession and the entry of newcomers into farming?READ MORE
Mobilising communities to ensure that farmland is used and managed in a way that fulfils its essential contribution to food production, ecosystems and human life.READ MORE
Access to land for new entrants: innovative ways to enter farming and secure land
European farmers are a greying population. More than half of European farmers will retire within 10 years, while only 7% are under the age of 35. Who will grow our food? Who will sustain rural economies and communities? This report aims to share our experience and analyses of the situation for new farmers and their access to land in Europe. It also showcases innovative ways to support their entry into farming, including through farm incubators.
Local authorities’ role to secure access to land for farmers
Local authorities are a major stakeholder in facilitating access to land. This report explores key levers which they can use and presents a series of case studies illustrating the role they can play in facilitating access to land for farmers, in particular agroecological farmers. It is meant for local authorities’ representatives and for civil society organisations engaging with local authorities.
Wanted: Land for New Farmers - Scotland
The Scottish Farm Land Trust just released its first report: Wanted: Land for New Farmers, first presented on 27 September 2017 at an event in the Scottish Parliament. The report shows that hundreds of people are actively looking for farmland in Scotland to start agroecological farms, with access to land being a critical barrier.