To mitigate and adapt to climate breakdown, and to restore biodiversity and our natural resources, we need to work together to support our farmers to be a force for change.
The transition plan will support farmers, government, civil society, and businesses to calibrate the steps and the resources needed to navigate and accelerate their adaption and transition – in turn helping the UK to meet it’s global obligations to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement targets. We know that agriculture and how we manage our land is critical to our chances of success.
Together with our partners and the communities we work with, we are:
The aim of the ten-year transition plan will be to consolidate and build on the work being done by many in the sector to adapt to change. We will focus on strengthened leadership and a workable plan for industry, government and investors to focus resources. Alongside this, we will also develop the evidence base and narrative around sustainable farming and agroecology, so that citizens, policy makers and farmers understand the potential of agroecology to provide whole system solutions to the triple crisis of climate, nature and public health.
As we demonstrated in the Field Guide for the Future, some farmers are already at the forefront of this transition to sustainable agriculture based on agroecology. Many others however remain worried about the future. They feel locked into a system that, at worst, could lead to insolvencies, land abandonment, and the UK importing more food and offshoring the environmental costs of or food production to other countries.
We are now working across the food and farming sectors to develop a programme of work that will support the transition to agroecological farming in the UK and the resources needed by farmers and the wider sector to transition to a sustainable system in a fair and just way.