European Commission Directorate-General (EC DG) for Agriculture and Rural Development
The EC DG for Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible for EU policy regarding agriculture. Its mission statement is closely linked to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
European Commission Directorate-General (EC DG) for the Environment
The EC DG for the Environment is responsible for EU policy on the environment. DG Environment sets the EU biodiversity target, periodically reviews it, and monitors the state of Europe’s nature and biodiversity.
European Landowners’ Organisation (ELO)
The ELO is a not-for-profit organization representing the interests of the owners and managers of rural land and rural businesses within the EU. It aims to promote “a prosperous and attractive European countryside”, and it lobbies to advance its aims at local, national and European levels. The ELO's main concern is to ensure that rural areas are developed in a way that balances economic activity with conservation of the rural environmental heritage.
Copa is the Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations in the European Union, which represents the European farmers while bringing together 60 EU farmers’ organizations.
Cogeca is the General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the European Union, which represents European agri-cooperatives while bringing together 35 EU agricultural cooperative organizations.
European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA)
CEJA is the voice of Europe’s next generation of farmers to the European institutions. CEJA’s main objective is to promote a younger and innovative agricultural sector across the EU 27 and to create good working and living conditions for young people setting up in farms and those who are already “Young Farmers”.
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) EU Group
The IFOAM EU Group is the EU working level of IFOAM whose goal is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems that are based on the principles of Organic Agriculture.
European Nature Heritage Fund (EuroNatur)
EuroNatur is a non-profit foundation which stands up for the conservation of the European nature heritage on many different levels, e.g. via special species protection projects, renaturation measures, and site protection as well as political lobbying activities or environmental education.
The French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), France
Set up in February 2008 by the Ministers for Ecology and Research, the FRB brings together public research bodies, staff from the corporate sector involved in biodiversity management, environmental organizations and business, with one single aim: to meet the biodiversity challenge.
The Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP), UK
CEP aims to have a global impact on energy and biosecurity policy, management of environmental quality, and sustainable transitions in environmental governance, through collaborative research and engagement at the interface of science, technology and social science, contributing to efforts on environment, energy and health throughout the Imperial College in London.
The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland
FiBL was founded in 1973 and is the world’s leading information and documentation centre for organic agriculture.
The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), France
Ranked the number one agricultural institute in Europe and number two in the world, INRA carries out mission-oriented research for high-quality and healthy foods, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a preserved and valorised environment.
The National Farmers Union (LTO), the Netherlands
LTO is the Dutch Organisation for Agriculture and Horticulture (Land- en Tuinbouw Organisatie Nederland). As an umbrella organisation for five regional and sixteen sectoral organisations in agriculture and horticulture LTO has a particular focus on political activities. LTO Mission is to stimulate a strong economic and social position for farmers, and a sustainable agricultural and horticultural industry in The Netherlands.
The European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity (ELN-FAB)
ELN-FAB covers EU 27 plus Switzerland and Norway. It comprises best practice examples and disseminates practical guidance to European farmers and landowners concerning functional agrobiodiversity in order to promote sustainable agriculture. ECNC hosts the Secretariat of the European Learning Network and plans to broaden and intensify the current activities with the goal of exchanging knowledge and practical experience across country and language borders, between farmers, policy makers, scientists, businesses and NGOs, to enable fast and effective implementation of best practices.
The International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP)
IFAP is the a global network of farmers’ organisations representing over 600 million farm families grouped in 120 national organizations in 79 countries. It is a global network in which farmers from industrialised and developing countries exchange concerns and set common priorities. The focus of IFAP’s policy work is to improve the position of farmers in a rapidly changing world-wide environment, characterized by globalization, liberalization and changes in what is expected from the agricultural sector.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
FAO’s Agriculture Department is helping countries achieve sustainable gains in agriculture to feed a growing world population, while respecting the natural environment, protecting public health and promoting social equity. The department helps farmers to diversify food production, reduce the drudgery of farming, market their products and conserve natural resources.
GLOBALGAP is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of production processes of agricultural (including aquaculture) products around the globe. The GLOBALGAP standard is primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety as well as animal welfare.