WHAT WE STAND FOR
We stand for a food system based on the principles of food sovereignty where everybody has access to healthy, regionally produced, affordable food from farmers they can trust.
We stand for a food system that protects the wellbeing of people here and around the world, the health of the environment and the ability of future generations to provide for themselves.
We want to see power put back in the hands of producers and local communities rather than supermarkets and industrial processors.
We believe that farmers and communities must be at the heart of decision-making and have a strong voice in agricultural policy making.
WHAT WE DO
Social Networks and Solidarity – We work to strengthen social networks and solidarity between farmers, growers and land-based workers.
Training and Exchange – We work to increase the skills and knowledge of our members and organise trainings, skill-shares and exchanges.
Media and Advocacy – We work to improve the public understanding of the role that small and medium-scale agroecological farms play in creating a better food system.
Campaigning and Lobbying – We work to create policy that supports the infrastructure and markets central to our members’ livelihoods.
OUR POLICY PRIORITIES
- The current subsidy budget of £3.5bn/year should be redirected to support active farmers to produce high quality food for local, regional and national markets.
- Area-payments should be replaced with targeted support and individual payments should be capped.
- Environmental payments should support soil health, enhance bio-diversity, improve water management and encourage sustainable forestry.
- Specific support should be provided for training, apprenticeships start-up costs to encourage new-entrants into the industry.
- Support should be provided to encourage farmers to convert to more resilient mixed farming systems and access shorter supply chains.
- Special payments should be targeted to boost employment in horticulture and small-scale dairy sectors.
- A tariff and regulatory system should be applied to protect domestic markets from food imports produced to lower environmental and social standards