Access to land update, June conference, new research on small farms and more!

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In this latest newsletter, we feature our work on small farms, new entrants and incubator farms, new country webpages, an access to land quiz and exciting infographics. But first...

We invite you to share and enrich our experience and research on Access to Land on the 19-21 June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. We will combine:

  • 19-20 June a working seminar to present and discuss practical learning on access to land topics, such as the role of local authorities in access to land, the synergies between access to land and community supported agriculture, access to land for new entrants, etc.
  • 21 June a public conference to draw policy lessons and engage with a wider circle of institutions and organisations. Read more and register now

Update on our work
Small farms  

We have been exploring the many challenges facing small farms in our respective countries: how are small farms inventing new ways to make farming viable? How can we show their social and environmental benefits? How can we maintain small farms in the face of intense competition for land? Read more about the results of our research into these questions and check out the comparative analysis between our countries. We hope you find it useful and stimulating reading. 

New entrants and incubator farms 
Participants from across the partnership and beyond learnt more about the French approach to incubator farms and new entrants (‘espaces-teste’) on a three day field visit organised by Terre de liens and RENETA, the French network of starter-farms Read more 
'We visited Yvan and David's farm. I really liked their honest answers and how the incubator worked well for farm succession. I learned a lot through the visits and exchanges, like the possibility of setting up an on-farm incubator. Very useful for our own work in the Netherlands.' Maria von Boxtel, Land & Co, Netherlands

New country pages

Did you know Scotland has the most concentrated land ownership in the developed world and has just introduced a ground breaking land reform act? Or that the Czech Republic has the largest agricultural production blocks in the EU? Find out more about these two countries and the challenges they face in our new country pages. 


Download the first of our fantastic infographics highlighting the issues of securing land for agroecological farming.

Access to Land Quiz  
Quiz your friends and colleagues! Learn more about the key facts and current trends in access to land. Great for discussion groups and workshops. Available in English, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Lithuanian, Romanian and French. Take the quiz now.


European Parliament Report on land concentration in Europe
On 21 March, the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament adopted its draft report on “the state of the play of farmland concentration in the EU”. The draft report will now be presented for adoption by all members of the European Parliament, during a vote of the plenary session in April.

New access to land network in Germany  
At the end of 2016, several organisations already collaborating on the issues of access to land decided to form a formal network under the provisional name "SoliLand - Netzwerk für solidarisches Landeigentum (network for solidarity based landownership)". The network’s main aims will be securing land and raising public awareness about land grabbing and the challenges for organic farming. A major goal is to form a common political voice on access to land in Germany. A website is in the making and the network’s charter will be published soon. 

New Danish Land Trust 
A new trust was recently established in Denmark with the aim of acquiring organic land or land for organic conservation, so as to protect the environment, facilitate entry of a new generation and increase organic land area. Founded by the Danish Organic Farm Association and the Danish Society for Nature Conservation, it hopes to start issuing shares in May to buy and lease its first five farms. Read more 


Upcoming Events 

Join the call to protect European land!
22 April is World Earth Day, a time to celebrate the Earth and join forces for environment protection. In Europe, there is no EU legislation protecting our land. The People4Soil Coalition, which brings together over 400 associations, aims to collect 1 million signatures to bring EU institutions to address this issue. Sign the petition here 

The Land for Our Food film 
The Land for our Food  is now available in English, French, German, Catalan, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Czech. Find out if there is a screening near you or get in touch with us if you'd like to screen it.

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This newsletter is produced as part of an Erasmus+ partnership involving the following organisations:

AIAB Lazio, Italy
EcoRuralis, Romania
Regionalwert AG, Germany
Rurbans – Escola de Pastors de Catalunya, Spain
Soil Association, UK
Terre de liens, France (coordinator)
Terre-en-vue, Belgium
The Real Farming Trust, UK
Xarxa de custodia del territori, Spain

All views expressed in this newsletter are solely those of the authors. Erasmus+ and European Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained here.

Who are we?

Here we introduce some of the network members:

Associazione Italiana per l'Agricoltura Biologica del Lazio (AIAB Lazio), Italy
A grassroots network of organic farmers and consumers with the aim of representing and advocating for the world of organic and peasant farming. Read more

BioBoden, Germany 
BioBoden is a co-operative, established in 2015, to secure land for organic farming in Germany. It offers leases to organic farmers, including young farmers, on a long term basis at an affordable price. Read more

NEL (Netzwerk Existenzgründung in der Landwirtschaft), Austria
Founded in 2013, NEL supports new entrants into farming by providing information and creating a platform to connect them to available farms. Read more 

Nadace Pro Pudu, Czech Republic
Nadace pro pudu (Foundation for Soil) is a Czech organisation founded in January 2016. It aims to strengthen the relationship between people and soil by holding land for organic farming and linking land owners with farmers seeking farmland. Read more

Other networks we're working with

Hands on the Land 
Hands on the Land for Food Sovereignty is a collaboration of 16 partner organisations raising awareness on the use and governance of land, water and other natural resources and its effects on the realisation of the right to food and food sovereignty. 

Urgenci is the international community supported agriculture (CSA) network. We are working with Urgenci to explore the rich synergies between CSA and access to land. New report coming soon!
Our network
The Access to Land network now has 18 members. You can read more about us here.

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

Reports on past events

European Coordination Via Campesina, (ECVC) held its General Assembly of members in Rome in March. The three day event touched on important issues such as seeds, land, peasants’ rights, women, youth, the CAP, migrants’ rights in agriculture and agricultural workers. ECVC and its allies demand healthy, quality food, decent work and a just and a sustainable agricultural policy in Europe. Read more 
We ran a great session on CSA and access to land at the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC), UK held in January.

How to ensure access to land for farmers in the EU - organised by the European Economic and Social Committee, the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, and the Hands on the Land Coalition, this conference held in Brussels in December analysed the land situation in different EU countries and discussed possible solutions at European and country level. Read more 
The Land for Our Food film screenings 
The Land for Our Food film featured in the Rural Film Festival in Italy and at the Festival Delle Terre in Wales and has also recently been shown in Ireland.
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