Uptake of Ecological Farming Practices by EU Farms: A Pan‐European Typology

Carlo Rega*, Bethan Thompson, Andreas Niedermayr, Yann Desjeux, Jochen Kantelhardt, Riccardo D’Alberto, Penelope Gouta, Vasilia Konstantidelli, Lena Schaller, Laure Latruffe, Maria Luisa Paracchini

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Understanding and measuring the sustainability of farms is key to evaluating progress towards policy goals for a more sustainable agriculture. In the LIFT project, a farm typology was developed to classify farms according to their ecological performance, based on farm-level variables from the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN). Selected variables are used to assess three key ecological dimensions of farming: total input intensity; degree of circularity (reliance on own-produced versus external inputs); and avoidance of the use of specific inputs of concern for the environment and consumers. The combination of these aspects is considered as a measure of the farm proximity to a full agroecological approach. The typology allows comparison of farms across farm types, countries and years. We briefly present the method and discuss two key aspects: 1) how the proposed farm typology can inform policymaking in the context of a new EU policy framework; 2) how it can inform the foreseen transformation of the FADN into a Farm Sustainability Data Network (FSDN). We suggest that the use of a typology approach under the new FSDN provides useful information on the impacts of the implementation of agroecological practices with an acceptable additional effort in terms of data collection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-71
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Early online date8 Dec 2022
Publication statusPrint publication - Dec 2022


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