At a glance

The farm accountancy data network (FADN) monitors farms' income and business activities. It is also an important informative source for understanding the impact of the measures taken under the common agricultural policy. 

FADN is the only source of microeconomic data based on harmonised bookkeeping principles. It is based on national surveys and only covers EU agricultural holdings which, due to their size, can be considered commercial.

The methodology applied aims to provide representative data according to three categories: region, economic size and type of farming.

Results and analysis

The FADN public database aggregates, after validation, individual data into standard results.

Annual economic farming data at EU level and by country

Economy of farms and rural areas

Farm economy data by sector:

Access to FADN online platforms

The European Commission shares information via public folders and operates a computerised system for the collection, verification and processing of data supplied by EU countries. They can be accessed using the following links:

This online platform with restricted access is dedicated to EU countries’ FADN liaison agencies.

The public folders on this secure working area contain information (such as publications using FADN data) and instructions (including the complete FADN methodology) to stakeholders interested in the FADN’s activities. FADN community committee members and EU countries’ FADN liaison agencies can access restricted folders containing presentations, minutes and documentation.

Conversion to Farm Sustainability Data Network

The European Green Deal is the Commission’s plan to make the EU economy sustainable and carbon neutral by 2050. In the Farm to Fork strategy, the Commission announced its intention to convert the FADN into a Farm Sustainability Data Network (FSDN). The FSDN initiative will expand the scope of the current FADN network to also collect farm level data on environmental and social farming practices, as well as provide farmers with reporting on their farm performance.

The public consultation on the Commission’s FSDN Roadmap ran from 4 June to 2 July 2021. All feedback provided by the public during the consultation period is available to read on the FSDN webpage.