Our impact

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. That is why LEAF invests in monitoring and evaluation. You can see the full scale of our impact in our Global Impacts Report.

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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.

1,032

LEAF Marque Certified businesses*

34

Countries with LEAF Marque Certified businesses*

Over the last six years, we have seen a steady growth in our global reach. This year* is no exception with 1,032 LEAF Marque certified businesses operating in 34 countries across the globe, representing a total of 386,583 hectares of crop on LEAF Marque certified businesses worldwide. Cereals remain the largest LEAF Marque crop area worldwide at 51%, followed by horticulture at 43%. The UK represents the largest crop area at 314,491 hectares of crop, followed by Spain at 23,278 hectares, France at 13,758 hectares and Egypt at 4,489 hectares. 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.

* Figures taken from LEAF Global Impacts Report 2018.

386,583

Hectares of crop on LEAF Marque certified businesses around the globe*

36%

of UK fruit & vegetables are produced by LEAF Marque certified businesses*

In the UK, we continue to see growth in the uptake of LEAF Marque certification, particularly within the horticultural sector. An impressive 36% of all UK fruit and vegetables are being grown by LEAF Marque certified businesses, this includes 95% of leeks and 88% of beetroot. Interestingly, we have seen a significant increase in the percentage of watercress (82%) and asparagus (91%) being grown by LEAF Marque certified businesses. Whilst we are immensely proud of the impact we are making, there is much scope for expansion within cereals, oilseeds, meat and dairy sectors.*

* Figures taken from LEAF Global Impacts Report 2018.

We are delighted to fanfare the achievements of our members and LEAF Marque certified businesses. We are now building our capacity to go further and achieve more, extending the reach of LEAF Marque certification to more countries, into more sectors and helping to create more positive outcomes for farmers, their communities and the environment. To achieve this, LEAF will continue to work with other organisations across the globe to ensure we are making the biggest and best difference we can to farmers, the environment and to wider society.

Wheat

Wheat

98,177ha

Barley

Barley

34,516ha

Potato

Potato

32,618ha

Oilseed Rape

Oilseed Rape

27,329ha

Lettuce

Lettuce

11,208ha

Sugar Beet

Sugar Beet

10,840ha

Onion

Onion

10,546ha

Permanent Grass

Permanent Grass

10,307ha

Carrot

Carrot

8,319ha

Maize

Maize

8,149ha

Broccoli

Broccoli

7,562ha

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

6,119ha

Temporary Grass

Temporary Grass

5,014ha

Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn

4,675ha

Apple

Apple

4,567ha

Engaging the public in sustainable food and farming

Creating connections and building awareness and understanding for people about how their food is produced, where it comes from and the huge range of goods and services farming delivers, is a key part of delivering more sustainable farming.

272,700

People visited farms for Open Farm Sunday 2017

86%

Of visitors learnt something new

Visitor numbers strong for LEAF Marque certified businesses

A growing number of LEAF Marque certified businesses are actively communicating about how they farm sustainably through farm visits and events - both on and off the farm. We see them reaching out to a wide range of groups, most notably industry representatives, other farmers and schools.

55,827

Visitors to LEAF Marque certified businesses

7,147

On-farm events held