Access to Land Network: updates on our work, new resources, events and more!

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Happy birthday to us! The Access to Land Network celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year and we’re delighted to kick off this issue with Veronique Rioufol, coordinator of the European Access to Land Network, as she looks back at our growth and collective achievements over the years. We are planning a meeting and celebrations in the Autumn - more news on this soon!  

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Updates on our work 

Access to Land Network: celebrating our tenth anniversary 
Veronique Rioufol, coordinator of the European Access to Land Network, looks back at the beginnings and achievements of the Network, at the rich engagement with many partners and allies - and also looks forward to the future, to a renewal of strategic priorities, improving ways of working, and welcoming new member organisations. Read more

New resources  

What makes a good Land Matching Platform?
Land Matching Platforms are tools to match (new) farmers with retiring farmers or private landowners who have land to rent or sale. Learn about the different approaches in different countries (Germany, France, Spain and the UK), what worked and what didn’t and how those involved see the future. Access all four videos here
A guide for setting up a land initiative and developing a land strategy - NEW EDITION 
This revised 2nd edition toolkit, improved based on feedback received from a close group of users, is for all those who are thinking about starting a land initiative. Advice, inspiring testimonies and practical tips and tools, it covers both the general aspects of how to set up an organisation (governance, business models, etc.) and the specifics of activities with which you may be involved - land acquisition, working with farmers, private and public landowners, managing land assets etc. Read more and download the toolkit 
A Research Report: how to upscale innovative land practices in Europe 
Over the past two years, several members of the Access to Land network have explored innovative solutions to facilitate access to land for farmers as a way to contribute to generational renewal and sustainable rural development in Europe. The last in a series of three reports, this new report distils the insights from 10 focus groups held across Europe in 2022, which looked in detail at innovative approaches to accessing land and considered how these approaches might be applied in various local contexts, and includes important learnings and recommendations for EU policy makers and funders. Read more and download the report here


Lenteland - regenerative community farms

Ralph Bohlke introduces Lenteland, a Foundation based in the Netherlands developing regenerative community farms. Based on two pillars: the promotion of a regenerative agriculture and the promotion of land as a common good, Lenteland aims to facilitate the acquisition of land, that is being held and managed by local communities on a long-term basis. Read more
The impact of the war in Ukraine on farmers and farmland 
Mykhailo Amosov, from the Ukrainian environmental NGO Ecoaction, shares his analysis of the impact of the war for farmers and farmland. Read more

News from members 

Our members and partners are active in the field. Take a look at what they have been up to over the last few months.
New advocacy report: the State of Farmland in France
80,000 farming jobs have been lost between 2010 and 2020. In what other industry would this phenomenon go unremarked? Terre de liens’ first report on the state of farmland in France combines policy analysis and statistical data together with case studies of actions and a set of policy recommendations for the local, national and European level. Read more and download the report here (English version coming soon)
Re-inventing Organizations - inspiration for change 
What would an organization look like where where decisions are not made top down but in a non-hierarchical way where each person is empowered with a high degree of autonomy to make decisions? Thomas Kippel reflects on the impact of reading Frederic Laloux’s book Reinventing Organizations and the subsequent changes being made at Kulturland-Cooperative

All views expressed in this newsletter are solely those of the authors and in no way reflect the funders' opinions. The funders are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained here.  

About Us

We are an informal network of European organisations working on issues around access to land for sustainable and agro-ecological farming. You can read more about us here.

Spotlight on..

Introducing Nadace pro půdu (NPP), the Czech Foundation for Soil preserving farmland in favour of CSA farms. Established in 2016, NPP entrusts land to agroecological farmers who would not ordinarily the means to get into farming. Watch the interview with Hana Bernardova here

Oxford Real Farming Conference 2023 Call for Submissions

After two years online, we are determined to be back face-to-face in Oxford in January 2023. We want to build on the success of our virtual programme by offering an exciting mix of an in-person and online conference at the same time.  Delegates will be able to join us in Oxford and/or online, where they will have a choice of live-streamed sessions from the conference as well as online-only sessions with incredible speakers from around the world.

The deadline for in-person and online submissions is 11:59pm BST on Thursday, 7 July 2022.

You are welcome to submit an idea or a proposal whether you will be speaking or not. More information and all the details at: ORFC 2023 Call for Ideas and Proposals - Oxford Real Farming Conference

New UK report: re-imagining  council farms - a vision for 2040

This new report shows how public land can be re-valued and how local authorities with land holdings can show leadership by working with their tenants to deliver public good. Case studies provide practical and inspiring examples and policy asks are contextualised with both broad and in-depth consideration of the issues for communities, councils and the land-based sector. Read more and download the report here

News from members 

De Landgenoten wins award for report on obstacles in the Flemish farmland market

During the Access to Land Learning Platform project, De Landgenoten wrote three reports on the Flemish land situation: the first on the specific needs and wishes of agroecological farmers, a second on the obstacles that those farmers encounter while trying to achieve access to farmland and a third report with policy recommendations for the Flemish government. It is the second of these reports that attracted the attention of the VRP, the Flemish Association for Space & Planning. Read more here

Find out who else is working on access to land in our Directory.


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