Only 7% of European farmers are under the age of 35 and many senior farmers have no successors. Our organisations work daily to advise and support new farmers, particularly newcomers. This experience highlights the considerable hurdle of accessing land for farming. Access to land is now widely recognised as the number one obstacle to entering farming in Europe. Yet, the situation remains little-known and little-studied.
This report aims to share our experience and analyses of the situation for new farmers and their access to land in our countries. It also presents a number of new farmers, to highlight their diverse backgrounds, difficulties and pathways into farming. These portraits also illustrate various ways in which they access land, often with the support of farmers’ organisations or various civil society movements.
Based on country case studies and new farmers’ portraits, this report attempts to present an overview and characterise these novel ways to access land for farming. Read it to learn about innovativeness, dedication and enthusiasm of new farmers and the organisations that support them!