Welcome to the website of the Landworkers’ Alliance. We are a producer-led organisation of small-scale producers and family farmers who use sustainable methods to produce food, fuel, fibre and flowers. We raise awareness of the role that our members play in providing food security, environmental stewardship, livelihoods, strong communities, animal welfare and high-quality affordable food.
We work to overcome the obstacles facing land-based workers face by building alliances, encouraging solidarity and campaigning for better policy for agro-ecology and food sovereignty.
News and Events
More on the Oxford Real Farming conference, and “the other one”….
Find out about a Landworkers’ perspective on the two recent farming conferences in Oxford:
Newflash on the Oxford Farming Conference
George Monbiot wears a Landworkers’ Alliance badge during his speech to the Oxford Farming Conference….
Regional network meetings
Calling all land workers – both existing LWA members and producers’ of food, fuel and fibre who have yet to discover the friendly camaraderie of the LWA. During January and February 2015, the Landworkers’ Alliance will be holding a series of regional meetings with the aim of establishing local networks of members around the country.
LWA at the Oxford Real Farming Conference
Check out the programme for the Oxford Real Farming Conference. We are hosting lots of sessions at the conference this year, all under the theme of New Generation, New Ideas, and will have a constant presence in the Old Library. Some of our sessions will cover Seed Sovereignty and seed networks, Politics and campaigning, Appropriate technology for smallholders, First Steps on the farming ladder and the Rural-Urban divide. Come along to our sessions and say hello! We are also organising entertainment on the Tuesday evening at The Jam Factory. Hope to see you there.
Exciting new resource on ecological agriculture research in the UK!
Take a look at the Ecological Land Co-operative’s exciting new online comprehensive overview of research on ecological agriculture currently being conducted in the UK, available on their website now!
Thanks to everyone who made the AGM such a great one!
Over 60 farmers and growers gathered in Manchester this weekend for the third AGM of the Landworkers’ Alliance. We had an action packed two days full of socialising and strategy with speakers and participants discussing topics ranging from building movements for food sovereignty to innovations in urban – rural supply chains and the threat that free trade agreements like TTIP and CETA pose for UK farmers and growers.
Needless to say we also had a great ceilidh and brilliant farm tours of Moss Brook growers and Glebelands City Farm – two workers’ co-operatives doing great things to localise Manchester’s food system.
Elisabeth Roper, a farmer and member of the LWA said “It is refreshing to be part of a producers organisation who are taking action on the fundamental issues we face. I have gained so much by being a part of the Landworkers’ Alliance. We need to build this movement and create a just and sustainable food system.”
Thank you to all who helped make it such a success!
Food Sovereignty Football Video out now.
Check out our new video from World Food Day – Family Farmers united vs Agribusiness FC outside parliament!
Press Release – Landworkers’ Alliance in solidarity with milk price protests
The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) unequivocally supports the recent round of dairy blockades launched by Farmers For Action (FFA). The LWA membership includes a number of small-scale dairy producers who, although not directly supplying to supermarkets, have been indirectly affected by recent price cuts driven by pressure from the multiple retailers.
LWA’s dairy farmers are forced to compete on price with larger-scale producers in an effort to remain competitive at the farm gate. The 3p per litre price cut since June has hit smaller farmers who are unable to achieve the economies of scale that have helped to buffer the impact on larger producers.
“The UK has lost half of all its dairy farms since 2000 thanks to neo-liberal policies that benefit processors and supermarkets. We need a new Milk Marketing Board, or something like it, to stabilize milk prices at a level that gives dairy farmers a decent living.” Says Simon Fairlie, an LWA member who runs a micro-dairy in Dorset, “I support direct action. The original Milk Marketing Board was formed in 1933 after mass demonstrations by dairy farmers and that is the only way we will ever get justice today.”
Read the full press release here:
Landworkers’ Alliance protest on world food day
On world food day, as part of an international day of action, the Landworkers’ Alliance is bringing people together for a public protest.
Join us for the match – Family farmers united vs Agribusiness FC
Where: St. James Park. We’ll meet in the North East corner of the park, just off The Mall (Nearest station Charing Cross). Then head off to a secret but high profile location.
What: The un-level playing field between corporate and sustainable agriculture in the UK is largely the result of DEFRA policies that favour the biggest players. DEFRA have just stripped farmers with less than 5ha of land of their entitlements to financial support while refusing to limit payments to the biggest landowners.
To expose this unjust state of affairs, the Landworkers Alliance will be hosting this hilarious public stunt in which Family Farmers United take on Agri-Business FC and DEFRA, the bias ref, reveals its allegiance.
If you’re a farmer, food sovereignty campaigner, or food lover get your boots on, come along and get involved. Everyone is welcome to take part and we need as many people as possible to make this an action our government cannot ignore.
To get involved:
Humphrey Lloyd – 07702810555 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Press Release – Landworkers’ Alliance demands support for family farming on World Food Day
The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) will be hosting a choreographed football match between Family Farmers United & Agribusiness FC at a high profile location in Westminster at 1.30pm on Thursday 16th October. The publicity stunt takes place as part of United Nation’s World Food Day, which will see coordinated actions taking place across six continents under the banner “Family Farming – Feeding the world and caring for the earth”.
The LWA is a coalition of producers across the UK who are fed up with the un-level state of the playing field between corporate and small-scale farming. Changes to agricultural policy, intensified under the coalition government, have resulted in unfair support and a skewed market that encourages production on large-scale industrial farms at the cost of smaller-scale alternatives.
“Defra policy is increasingly driven by the demands of big business and large landowners” says Dan Taylor from the LWA “We have seen clear examples of this with their recent decision to strip small farmers of entitlements to public support while at the same time refusing to limit payments to the country’s biggest industrial producers. As a referee for UK farming Defra is not only shortsighted but inherently biased.”
Read the full press release here
Banner photo credits – right Chagfood.