Access to agricultural land has become a major issue throughout Europe - we are witnessing loss of land, land degradation, land concentration, land price increases and speculation. Yet the growing demand for local, fair and organic food cannot be met without the land and the committed farmers.
Community Supported Agriculture has emerged as a powerful and direct method of cooperation between farmers and consumers - based on agroecology, solidarity and proximity. For this growing movement in Europe, access to land is an obstacle in an increasingly competitive and expensive market. However, we have seen that the power of community can overcome these challenges in a variety of ways.
This report seeks to raise awareness and offer inspiration by providing 14 case studies and an analysis of the difficulties faced and the potential solutions developed.
It results from the close collaboration between the European Access to Land Network and the International Network for Community Supported Agriculture: Urgenci.