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

EISA Annual Report 2016

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

EISA: Enhancing biodiversity through Integrated Farming – a viable alternative to organic farming

eisalogoPresentation by Martijn Buijsse, EISA Policy Officer, to the European Biodiversity Conference in Brussels, on 7 December 2016. Hosted by MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz, the conference provided an excellent opportunity to present contributions of Integrated Farming to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity on farms. Look at the presentation in detail …

EISA Annual Report 2015 published

EISA-AR-2015EISA, the European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture, just published the organisation’s Annual Report 2015. This report highlights activities of EISA on the European level as well as key projects and activities of the seven national EISA members in their respective countries. In addition, the report provides brief information on the Associate Members of EISA and their main fields of work. Read more …

Dairy Pasture Management in Integrated Farming

livestock trail ThiryIntegrated Farming Topic Sheet no 7 / 2016

As a consequence of the globalisation of the milk market and resulting price volatility, the European dairy sector faces enormous challenges. In addition to these economic developments, there are also growing environmental and societal challenges: the preservation of the abiotic resources soil, air and water, and the protection of nature and biodiversity as biotic resources receive growing public attention. Innovative dairy production systems including effective pasture management as characterised in the Integrated Farming (IF) Framework helps dairy farmers to improve the sustainability of their businesses. Read more…

Precision Agriculture as tool to increase efficiency in Integrated Farming (focus: arable)

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Integrated Farming Topic Sheet no 6 / 2015

Integrated Farming (IF) is about continuous development, thus allowing farmers to permanently improving the efficiency and value of all managed resources. It is about attention to detail and adopting innovative practices to deliver sustainable agriculture. And this is exactly where Precision Agriculture comes into play. Ever since the first GPS devices and N-sensors were available for arable … Read more
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Soil Biodiversity and Integrated Farming

FARRE soilIntegrated Farming Topic Sheet no 5 / 2015

Soils – abundance of life!

Whether used for agriculture, forestry, gardening, landscaping or nature conservation purposes for example, soils are home to an abundance of life: In addition to the soil minerals sand, silt and clay, and soil organic matter, literally billions of all kinds of organism can be found under one single footprint alone. This includes bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, nematodes, mites, springtails, insect larvae, diplopoda and earthworms. Their combined body weight may amount to a total of 260 to 1,650 grams per square metre of soil – and that is part of the explanation for the importance of soil life in Integrated Farming. Read more…

Integrated farming delivers sustainable farming

Patrick-2 kleinIn the February 2015 edition of ‘Adjacent Government’ (full publication available online at http://www.adjacentgovernment.co.uk/lg-publication-005-pages-index/), EISA President Patrick Wrixon gives thought to integrated farming and its positive impact on the environment…

With global population growth, increased focus on addressing food security and concerns about environmental impact and biodiversity loss, it is essential that farming systems are sustainable. Sustainable farming delivers a site-specific farming system supporting the integration of … Read more

Soil Protection in Integrated Farming

LOGO_IYS_en_PrintIntegrated Farming Topic Sheet no 4 / 2015

Soil protection is paramount
Soils are the basis of agricultural production, and both the conservation and improvement of this valuable resource are essential elements of Integrated Farming (IF). Conserving and enhancing this resource allows produce to be grown on healthy and biologically active soils with sufficient levels of organic matter, good physical structure and high fertility.

In view of the continuously growing world population, merely conserving soils, however, is not enough. Maintaining and enhancing soil life, replacing nutrients extracted with harvested products, maintaining and enhancing levels of soil organic matter as an important carbon sink and particularly avoiding damage to the soil… Read more…