The Access to Land Network will shortly be launching a new guide: ‘Access to land for agroecological farming: a guide for setting up a land initiative and developing a land strategy’. The guide has been written by members of the European Access to Land Network, as part of a European Erasmus + partnership focused on developing a Learning Platform for supporting access to land for agroecology in Europe.
Identified as a key resource need from the 2018 survey of European land initiatives, this new publication is aimed at both new and existing access to land initiatives.
The first part of the guide sets out the practical aspects which new access to land organisations may need to consider, from defining goals and objectives to business planning, legal form and governance. Illustrated with examples from access to land organisations, this is a practical handbook to help new groups get underway and benefit from the experience of those who have already been through the process.
The second part of the guide brings more advanced information on how to develop access to land activities, buying farmland and working with farmers. It offers insights in how to work with landowners, both public and private, and how to engage local communities. Experiences from members of the Access to Land Network and others are included throughout offering practical advice and inspiration. Finally, the guide also introduces a land stewardship or nature conservation approach.
The Access to Land Network is eager to receive feedback on this new publication and the first version of the guide will be uploaded to this page shortly. If you are interested in reviewing the guide and providing feedback, please contact: Petra Tas petra[@]delandgenoten.be
A second edition will be published, most probably in the first semester of 2021, to include links to forthcoming learning packs on public engagement and on the impact assessment tools for agroecological farms.