Local action is key to a regenerative future. Even when national or EU policy frameworks fail to support new farmers and agroecology, some local governments in Europe are pioneering creative strategies to improve agriculture, food, and land systems in their areas.
Local authorities who support access to land for agroecology can generate benefits which go far beyond the farming sector. These range from access to healthy and local food to educational, social and economic opportunities on farms, along with preserved landscapes and natural patrimony – all key assets to achieve sustainable development and support vibrant local communities.
Local authorities have a variety of ways to make a difference on land, even when resources are tight. Three broad ways local authorities can take action are:
– Read our 2023 online handbook "Local Authorities Making Farmland Work for the Public Good"
– You may read also our previous 2017 handbook "Supporting Access to Land for Farmers in Europe. Experiences and potential of local authorities."
– Visit the practical resources section of our online handbook
– Visit the bibliography section of our online handbook
– Check out the material from our Access to Land Farmland for Public Good conference held in March 2023.