EISA’s proposal towards the future CAP

In order to modernise and simplify the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in line with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, and the conclusions of the Cork 2.0 declaration, introducing Integrated Farm Management (IFM) into the CAP as a part of the rural development programme offers win-win solutions. IFM delivers value in agriculture, enriches the environment and engages local communities. Farmers implementing IFM deliver measurable agro-ecological and societal services with regard to soil, water, biodiversity, animal health and welfare, and climate change while ensuring economic viability.

EISA proposes to political decision makers that the EU formally recognises farming businesses adopting IFM practices, specifically for their proven commitment to more sustainable farming practices … Read full position paper

LEAF’s Global Impacts Report reveals sustainable farming progress

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)’s fifth Global Impacts Report shows substantial progress in its mission to inspire and enable sustainable farming.

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has announced substantial progress in its mission to inspire and enable sustainable farming. Launching its fifth Global Impacts Report at today’s LEAF Marque Summit, it revealed that it is continuing to consolidate its strong position in the cereals and horticulture sectors and that progress is also being seen in the livestock sector.

The total number of LEAF Marque businesses in all sectors across the globe now totals 1,013 covering 367,395 hectares. Read full press release here….

EISA Annual Report 2016 published

Growing Awareness for Integrated Farm Management (IFM)

EISA Annual Report 2016 gives overview of activities on the European and national levels / Raising awareness for solutions which IFM brings in relation to competitive food production and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a key objective / Farmers of the EISA Farm Network as ambassadors for sustainable agriculture in Europe

(Download full press release)

EISA Annual Report 2016

Foreword
The European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture (EISA) was founded with the common aim of developing and promoting Integrated Farm Management (IFM) throughout Europe. Integrated Farm Management is a sustainable system which helps farmers improve the way they farm for the profitability of their business, the benefit of the environment, and social responsibility, including all important aspects of sustainable development. A detailed description and characterisation of Integrated Farm Management is available on the EISA website www.sustainable-agriculture.org.

In 2016, national organisations from France, Luxembourg, Germany, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Sweden and the Netherlands supported EISA as full members, and six organisations from the agricultural supply chain supported the organisation’s work as Associate Members. EISA works closely with EU institutions and other stakeholders to contribute to the development of agricultural and environmental policies in Europe.

EISA members help create a better public understanding of agriculture through a Network of Working Farms and various other communication and demonstration activities. They bring farmers and consumers together to raise awareness of how farmers are working in harmony with nature to efficiently produce good, safe food and renewable resources with economic, environmental and social care.

The EISA Annual Report 2016 presents an overview on EISA’s and National EISA Members’ activities as well as brief descriptions of the organisation’s six Associate Members. Many of EISA’s and EISA members’ activities are part of long-lasting projects often being performed year after year or even several times per year.

If you are interested in receiving further information or in getting involved on the national or the European level, you are more than welcome to contact EISA and EISA members for more details. (Read full Annual Report here)

Patrick Wrixon, EISA President

Dreams of Organic Farming – Facts and Myths

Interesting paper published by Holger Kirchmann, Lars Bergström, Thomas Kätterer and Rune Andersson in 2016

Foreword
Our book is intended to bring to the wider public a basic understanding of organic farming, in Sweden and more generally. While our research naturally has a local focus, we find the effects this type of agriculture has on food supply and the environment apply to the wider world from Europe and beyond.

Organic farming receives significant public attention with an assurance that this form of agriculture is good for the environment and provides safe, wholesome foods. This, in turn, has led to organic forms of production receiving public financial support inSweden, as in other countries, mostly in Europe. In Sweden, national agri-environmental payments total(link to full publication)