Farming the Future 2020: The Funded Projects

Farming the Future fosters a culture of collaboration through pooled grantmaking to strengthen the ecosystem of the food and farming movement. We are addressing our broken food system, with the objective to instil systemic resilience and fortify the movement.

Farming the Future is funding the following strategic partnerships and innovative projects through its Year 2 Grant-pool.

The grants recognise the benefits of, and threats to, the regenerative and agroecological farming movement. They work to safeguard and strengthen agroecology and its principles from practise to policy.

The 16 projects summarised below span across local and national issues, through initiatives that tackle complex issues, such as connecting economics, education, land access, policy, and social justice.


Safeguarding Agroecology: Responding to the Risk of Genetic Modification

LEAD ORGANISATION: BEYOND GM PROJECT PARTNER: GM FREEZE

As post-Brexit farming and food policies make their way through parliament, the government’s position on genetic modification (GM) has become quietly clearer and increasingly concerning. Presenting agroecological practices as tools that could help build on the Net Zero and National Food strategies, the movement as a whole is being undermined by its deconstruction and the proposed role of GM technology.

Photo from Beyond GM
Photo Courtesy of Beyond GM

Appearing in the ‘Health and Harmony’ vision for ‘Future Farming Policy’, GM is widely accepted as incompatible with agroecology’s social and environmental principles. Yet the debate about GM has gradually gone silent over the last decade, whilst support from government and some NGOs has steadily grown.

This project aims to reignite a dialogue, re-establish common ground, and rebuild a unified, integrated campaign, bringing together a wide coalition of farmers, scientists, civil society groups, and other consumer bodies. A report will be published in order to create awareness and engagement, which will include research on the threats and vulnerabilities posed to the agroecology and community food sectors. A clear and reinvigorated message will aim to influence public, industry and MP’s opinions at a critical moment, as the government consults them on the use of GM.


Supporting Small-scale and Agroecological Farmers

LEAD ORGANISATION: COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA) NETWORK UK PROJECT PARTNERS: LANDWORKERS ALLIANCE (LWA), ORGANIC GROWERS ALLIANCE (OGA), GAIA FOUNDATION (SEED SOVEREIGNTY UK AND IRELAND PROGRAMME

A project that was initially supported by Farming the Future’s Coronavirus Emergency Respons