Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

One of the simplest solutions to the multiple challenges we face is right beneath our feet.

Land is the silent partner in the climate debate. If 1.5C is to stay within our sights, the UK must focus on scaling up the work of citizens and communities to harness land and natural systems to fix food, and in turn fix the planet.

We have seen this in action during our Land Unlocked UK tour and these practical steps are underpinned by the latest Farming for Change research - showing the huge potential of a broader pathway and a course that works for all.

Watch the film of the Land Unlocked tour

The Land Unlocked Tour

Across the UK, citizens are taking action, moving to regenerative farming practices, re-localising their supply chains and working with their communities to adapt to the climate and nature crises. Follow #LandUnlockedTour and see where we've been.

A flavour

of what we heard

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A pathway to a brighter future

There are clear, 'no regrets' actions that governments can take to scale up the work of citizens and communities, at pace, for a better future.

Nature

Support a transition to agroecology

Agroecology is a science and a practice for improving food and farming systems, which supports regenerative farming, builds resilient businesses, puts people - farmers, food producers, citizens – at the heart of solutions and enables one patch of land to provide multiple benefits.

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Finance

Aligning public and private finance

The market alone may not be capable of making the bold, fair and transformative moves, away from the old, extractive and inequitable industries and towards more just and sustainable economy. Governments acknowledge this, having kickstarted transitions to cleaner energy, housing and transport in the past. Now, the same shift is needed in agriculture, to help farmers and growers move rapidly towards more regenerative practices, backed by patient and purposeful finance, with government policies that set out clear ambition and direction for the sector.

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Resource resilient communities

The climate is already changing. Communities need the tools and resources to adapt, and shape the locally-led actions that work best for them.

With the right approaches and resources, local community knowledge can help create networks and plans which support a thriving local food and farming system, led by agroecological principles.

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Agroecology is the key to:

Feeding a future UK

77.5m people

A healthy, affordable diet

Ensuring the UK's

environmental impacts

are not externalised overseas

Read more: new Farming for Change research

Reducing emissions

by over 70%

to meet net zero

Providing a broad pathway for

resilient businesses

to enhance UK food security

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