Identifying the Current State of Regenerative Agriculture in Europe

Our current food system strongly needs to shift towards more sustainable food production and consumption in order to feed a growing population on a planet with limited resources. Regenerative Agriculture (RegenAg) is gaining attention as an approach to satisfy long-term sustainability. However, a clear overview of its current state in Europe is missing. This makes it harder for various agrifood actors, particularly farmers, to decide on the next steps in the transition towards a regenerative system.

Assessing the current state

In this project, we focus on major row crop growing areas. The goal is to provide an overview of RegenAg in Europe, including differences between countries and crops. Furthermore, the project aims to deliver initial insights into the hotspots where most changes are required. The results will provide current gaps and future opportunities for the next steps.

The overview report will cover the following topics:

  1. Definition and concept of RegenAg
  2. Providing an overview of the current knowledge base in Europe on RegenAg, focused on row crops, including differences in market and farmer circumstances
  3. A review of the current private sector and governmental programmes
  4. Discussing most common types of interventions and some of the key metrics to measure outcomes
  5. Delivering key insights and principles from the current knowledge base to apply new projects and scaling up initiatives
  6. Identifying opportunities, risks, gaps, and how to address these
The study has been made possible through philanthropic and technical support from Cargill. The findings of the assessment by WUR will be consolidated in a public report.