Title
Environmental co-operatives : A Dutch farmers' initiative
Description
There are in the region of 125 environmental co-operatives (EC) in the Netherlands. EC are groups of farmers and often non-farmers who started to co-operate principally to argue for policies that allowed them to incorporate conservation and environmental management into their farming practices. In doing this EC have also delivered benefits to their farmer members, the farming sector in general, the Ministry of Agriculture and the rural economy. EC are defined by their activities; the activities of seven EC are presented and discussed. The EC are to an extent similar, reflecting their similar policy and economic environment, but different in that they focus on local and regional problems. The paper concludes by considering the potential for farmer-led EC in the UK. This paper is drawn from research financed under the first round of Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) programme. The final report will be available in late 2005.
Author
JR Franks
Author
Aideen Mc Gloin

environmental co-operatives; Dutch farmers' initiative; Netherlands; conservation; environmental management; farming practices

Body involved
Institute of Agricultural Management; British Institute of Agricultural Consultants
Is this item peer reviewed?
No
Conference event title
National farm management conference : What is - Farming?
ConferenceLocation
Bedford
Conference number
41st
ConferenceDate
01 January 2005
Harvard
Franks, JR and Mc Gloin, Aideen Environmental co-operatives : A Dutch farmers' initiative. National farm management conference : What is - Farming?, 41st, Bedford, 2005.
Vancouver
Franks JR and Mc Gloin Aideen. Environmental co-operatives : A Dutch farmers' initiative. National farm management conference : What is - Farming?, 41st, Bedford, 2005.