THE 2ND CLIMATE FARMING CONFERENCE

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On October 25th, Climate Farmers and Akademie Schloss Kirchberg hosted the 2nd Climate Farming Conference.

150 hand-selected experts from 18 European countries travelled to Southern Germany to participate in a 3-day gathering focused on putting farmers back where they belong in the agrifood system – its centre.

FARMERS ARE AT THE END OF THE FOOD CHAIN IN OUR CURRENT AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM

Despite carrying the weight of the food system on their shoulders, farmers are rarely given a seat at the table. Policy and industry initiatives fail to consider their needs or land stewardship wisdom. The result? Lawmaking and subsidy systems with perverse incentives.
In the midst of mounting challenges facing farmers, there’s a pressing need to enable an agricultural system that benefits farmers, climate and society as a whole – that system is regenerative agriculture.

We welcomed 75 farmers and 75 organisations from the European ecosystem of regeneration, of which 45% were female and 55% male.

A DRAFT SHARED VISION FOR THE EUROPEAN AGRIFOOD SYSTEM

We asked ourselves what needs to take effect from the farmer’s perspective. 

The participants co-created a draft shared vision for the European agrifood system, building on the European Regenerative Agriculture Manifesto signed by 70 experts during the 1st Climate Farming Conference in 2021.

The draft shared vision can be found here.

THE 10 CENTRAL CHALLENGES FACING REGENERATIVE FARMERS


As defined and voted on by the participants, the following represent the most elemental regenerative agriculture implementation issues facing farmers.

LACK OF KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE

SYSTEM COORDINATED COLLECTIVE EXPERIMENTATION

CONSUMER AWARENESS

ACCESS TO FINANCE FOR FARMERS

SCALING SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES

TRUE COST ACCOUNTING

ACCESS TO LAND

REGULATORY CONSTRAINTS /PLANNING SECURITY

WATER CYCLES / WATER MANAGEMENT

REGULATION & COHERENCE IN LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT

Climate Farmers is actively helping farmers mitigate the many challenges they face.

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“I have never felt so heard and welcome in my life as a farmer.”

– Participant of the 2nd Climate Farming Conference.

 15 WORKING GROUPS FOR A REGENERATIVE FUTURE

 

Eye-to-eye discussions culminated in 15 working groups for a regenerative future. The groups were pioneered by participants, covering a diverse range of progressive initiatives that will ignite systemic change in the agrifood system.

These working groups are the cornerstone of this conference.

They’ve planted seeds of hope, unity & action that will have monumental impact decades from now.

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“As a farmer, I have many moments of deep frustration towards the current state of affairs in the agricultural industry, but I’m leaving this conference with a light-heartedness that I haven’t felt in years."

– Participant of the 2nd Climate Farming Conference.

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