We work with farmers and growers across the globe to deliver more sustainable farming through LEAF Marque certification.
Gaining insight into the impact of the LEAF Marque assurance system is crucial for continuous improvement of our standards, which is why LEAF invests in monitoring and evaluation. You can see the full scale of our impact in our Global Impacts Report below, or scroll down for the highlights.
Take a look at our 2022 report to see how LEAF Marque certification is delivering on its intended impacts to achieve more sustainable farming.
The LEAF Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) mission is to increase the understanding of the environmental, social, political, organisational and other impact of LEAF’s activities. The continuous M&E programme augments the scientific basis, benefits, value and the impartiality, transparency and inclusiveness of LEAF’s activities.
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Farming is in a unique position of being both a source and sink for greenhouse gas emissions and farmers are fundamental to driving forward innovative solutions to climate change. Underpinned by Integrated Farm Management, LEAF Marque certified businesses are improving positive action for the climate through reduced carbon footprints, enhancing soil health and quality, and increasingly implementing regenerative practices.
With more than half of the world’s habitable lands currently used for agricultural production, farmers are some of the most important stewards of the earth’s lands and water resources. LEAF Marque farmers are turning to more natural sources of energy, using biological control and best practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies, and protecting water resources.
More integrated, regenerative approaches to food production offer part of the solution to addressing the climate emergency. LEAF Marque certified farmers are carrying out a range of sustainable waste management practices and maximising the health and welfare of livestock to raise healthy, optimal performing animals that produce less waste and methane emissions. This in turn is helping to build healthier soils, increase biodiversity, and improve air and water quality.
A key part of more integrated and sustainable farming is nature restoration and enhancing biodiversity. As well as delivering climate benefits, improving natural habitats helps restore ecosystems that underpin the resilience of our landscapes, whilst also supporting human well-being and providing economic benefits.
More sustainable food systems rely on well informed people, aware of where their food comes, how it is produced and the impact of their food purchasing decisions upon the climate. As public interest in climate change increases, there is an ever-greater need for clear and meaningful conversations between farmers and citizens.
LEAF Marque certified businesses are involved in a range of on-farm and on-line outreach activities including hosting farm visits, giving talks, and taking part in industry open days like LEAF Open Farm Sunday. All these activities are helping to build deeper and richer connections between farmers and consumers, to educate, engage and inspire.
* All figures above are taken from LEAF Global Impacts Report 2022
Your feedback is extremely valuable to us as we work to continually strengthen the way we measure and report on our impacts. If you have questions, comments or suggestions about LEAF’s Global Impacts Report or Monitoring and Evaluation processes, including our Intended Impacts and indicators, please email [email protected].
View the long appendix here: LEAF Global Impacts Report 2022: Full appendix