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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LEAF Glob­al Impacts Report 2020 — Overview

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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.

936

LEAF Marque Certified businesses*

27

Countries with LEAF Marque Certified businesses*

Our global reach continues to increase. In 2019, we worked with 936 businesses in 27 countries. Collectively this representents a total global hectarage of 358,455 hectares representing 147 different crop types and livestock classes. The arable and horticulture sectors are the two largest LEAF Marque crop areas worldwide at 168,560 hectares and 166,652 hectares respectively.

The UK has the largest hectarge of LEAF Marque certified crop area at 337,028 hectares followed by Spain 23,062 hectares and France 14,326 hectares.

Farming businesses across the world are turning to LEAF Marque certification to demonstrate their environmental credentials and in doing so, building business resilience.

* Figures taken from LEAF Global Impacts Report 2020.

358,455

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

43%

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. The horticulture sector remains the strongest growth area with the percentage of UK fruit and vegetables produced on LEAF Marque certified businesses increasing to 43%, including 95% of lettuce, 93% of leeks and 92% of asparagus. 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 2020.

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

80,988ha

Potato

Potato

32,249ha

Barley

Barley

30,390ha

Oilseed Rape

Oilseed Rape

18,635ha

Lettuce

Lettuce

12,403ha

Permanent Grass

Permanent Grass

12,061ha

Sugar Beet

Sugar Beet

10,936ha

Maize

Maize

10,669ha

Onion

Onion

9,372ha

Broccoli

Broccoli

8,849ha

Carrot

Carrot

7,370ha

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

6,183ha

Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn

4,766ha

Spinach

Spinach

4,395ha

Oats

Oats

4,386ha

Short-term Grass

Short-term Grass

4,257ha

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.

250,450

People visited farms for Open Farm Sunday 2019

91%

Of visitors learnt something new

1 in 5

visited a farm for the first time

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.

58,657

Visitors to LEAF Marque certified businesses

9,528

on-farm visits to LEAF Demonstration Farms

LEAF Mar­que Case studies

View all of this years case stud­ies from LEAF’s Glob­al Impacts Report 2020. Hear from farm­ers show­ing best prac­tice in spe­cif­ic areas of Inte­grat­ed Farm Management.