About the project

The project “Socially Beneficial Agriculture” is supported by the Villum Foundation and opens new avenues for organic farmers through organic, environmental and social sustainability and better conditions for the next generation.

The Socially Beneficial Agriculture is an ambitious but realistic project, and it was initiated in order to combat, the challenges that are threatening the ecology in Denmark with a serious setback and elimination of the positive impact it has on biodiversity and sustainability. The challenges are, for example:

  • A low economy in agriculture often forces the farmer to be less interested to animal welfare, the environment and nature, which affects the sustainable development of the farm.
  • The large farms are often economically and professionally challenging to be taken over for the new generation of farmers
  • With each generation change on a farm, the  economical value ​​of the farm must be redefined, factor that  burden the new generation with debt

The aim of the project is to create both economic, environmental and social sustainability while improving the framework and accessibility of the next generation of organic farmers.

With the Socially Beneficial Agriculture, we will help develop tools to solve society's major challenges in regard to nature, drinking water protection, population decline and social needs of citizens with mental, social or physical challenges.

What is Socially Beneficial Agriculture? 

As the project is ongoing, the final definition of Socially Beneficial Agriculture is still incomplete.

We work with 5 themes that Socially Beneficial Agriculture holds:

  • Cooperation between farmers
  • Succession
  • Local land distribution
  • Solution for social tasks and nature protection in collaboration with municipalities, the state or social institutions
  • Collaboration with the population

The task of the project

It is our task throughout the project, to develop the competences of Organic Denmark’s employees, for consulting the farmers who want Socially Beneficial Agriculture. We accomplish this by selecting and working with several farmers who want to develop their agriculture for being useful to the society.

Moreover, the cases we choose to work with are very important for the scope of understanding as many aspects of Socially Beneficial Agriculture as possible.