Agriculture worldwide is facing one of its greatest challenges: to produce enough nutritional food to fulfil the needs of our current and future population, while at the same time, protecting the environment and human health. Finding and implementing innovative solutions to sustainability challenges cannot be addressed in isolation. It requires the involvement of a wide range of actors from across the food chain – farmers, retailers, researchers and NGO’s.
LEAF builds public understanding of food and farming in a number of ways, including Open Farm Sunday and farm visits to our national network of Demonstration Farms.
For farmers – become a member, a demonstration farm or LEAF Marque farmer and show your customers you care about the environment
For consumers – support LEAF and buy food carrying the LEAF logo, visit your nearest demonstration farm and get involved in Open Farm Sunday
For the industry – work together with LEAF on one of our exciting projects to bring farmers, consumers, researchers and industry partners closer together.
LEAF is a proactive and inclusive charity which brings together thousands of individuals, NGOs and companies to deliver a shared vision for the future of farming and food. LEAF’s vision sees farmers flourishing in their roles as food producers and stewards of the countryside, with consumers enjoying nutritious food – confident that it has been produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way.
LEAF makes this vision a reality. It brings together farmers, consumers and food businesses with activities and initiatives that build knowledge, understanding, trust and opportunities. LEAF has something for everyone and provides a forum for progressive thinkers committed to a sustainable future. There are LEAF Demonstration Farms and Innovation Centres across the UK where these ideas can be seen in practice. For farmers there are management and marketing tools and for consumers there is the LEAF Marque – food produced with environmental care.
LEAF membership brings together many of Britain’s most progressive farmers with some of the most innovative and successful food retailing and processing companies as well as the farm supply and service sectors. LEAF’s approach is built around the whole-farm principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM), which achieves a balance between the best of modern technology and sound traditional methods, whilst enriching the environment. LEAF also works with European partners to build sustainable solutions that are practical, achievable and realistic. LEAF is the way forward for farming and food.
Support for LEAF is through membership: farmers, Colleges & Universities, friends and Corporate Companies. We receive additional support through sponsorship and project work.
LEAF benefits from a significant voluntary contribution from the network of LEAF Demonstration Farmers, Innovation Centres and Supporters, the many farmers and helpers involved in Open Farm Sunday and from representation on the main management committees of LEAF: the LEAF Board, Policy and Strategic Development Committee, LEAF IFM Consultative Forum, Technical Committee and Communications Committee as well as additional committees supporting LEAF Marque.
The trustees are the Board of Directors of the Charity. They are principally responsible for the governance of the Charity. The LEAF Board meets at six times a year and is made up of the Chairman: Stephen Fell; Vice-Chairman: Robert Kynaston and eight other Board members who are representatives from the food, farming and environment industry and our members.
Baroness Byford is the LEAF President and once a year we hold the Presidents Event, where our members come together to discuss LEAF’s work and meet with key representatives in the industry.
LEAF is based at its office in Stoneleigh Park with a committed team, directed by its Chief Executive Caroline Drummond.
LEAF works with farmers and organisations from around the world and is a founding member of the European Initiative for Sustainable Development of Agriculture (EISA).
Our vision is for a world where we are farming, eating and living sustainably.
Our mission is to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.
This involves working closely with our producers, providing them with the right tools and services to make meaningful changes on the ground and inspiring retailers and consumers in pursuit of the ultimate goal - a more sustainable and resilient food and farming chain.
Over the last five years, we have seen steady improvements in how our producers are managing their soil and water, conserving energy, protecting their crops, enhancing wildlife habitats and reaching out to their local communities. All delivered through our producers’ commitment to Integrated Farm Management (IFM) and their drive and determination to improve their farming practices.
We work with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers to inspire and enable sustainable farming.
We work with farms, retailers and businesses alongside informing the public to help to make a more sustainable, environmentally friendly food chain. You can see the full scale of our impact in our Global Impacts Report.
Our impact in numbers
In 2012, when LEAF established its monitoring and evaluation programme, we started providing information about our impacts, growth and the economic, environmental and social benefits of achieving and maintaining LEAF Marque certification. We continue to build on that work which helps provide the scientific foundation for the transparent and impartial evaluation of LEAF’s effectiveness in delivering our mission and vision.
Over the last five years, we have seen a steady growth in our global reach. This year* is no exception with 1,013 LEAF Marque certified businesses operating in 36 countries across the globe, representing a total of 367,395 hectares of crop on LEAF Marque certified businesses worldwide. Cereals remain the largest LEAF Marque crop area worldwide at 53%, followed by horticulture at 41%. The UK represents the largest crop area at 301,493 hectares of crop, followed by Spain and France at 18,337 hectares and 12,954 hectares respectively. It is clear that farmers across the world are making important sustainability commitments and are choosing to realise them through LEAF Marque certification; in so doing they represent a powerful force for change.
Explore below to find out who the key members and how our corporate members are committed to reinforcing LEAF’s political and practical credentials as the most realistic route to sustainable global food production.
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. We work with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers, to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.