Netherlands success story, small family-run farms

Netherlands success story, small family-run farms

on 25 October 2020
  • Netherlands
  • Farming
  • Solutions
The Netherlands is one of the world's most densely-populated countries. It's covered with small family-run farms with no room for expansion. So, Dutch farmers have become expert at getting the most out of every hectare. Increasingly, while at the same time using less water, fewer pesticides, less fertilizer and emitting less carbon.

Despite its size, the Netherlands is now the world's second largest exporter of food. It's entirely possible for us to apply both low-tech and hi-tech solutions to produce much more food from much less land. We can start to produce food in new spaces. Indoors, within cities. Even in places where there's no land at all.

As we improve our approach to farming, we'll start to reverse the land-grab that we've been pursuing ever since we began to farm, which is essential because we have an urgent need for all that free land. Forests are a fundamental component of our planet's recovery. They are the best technology nature has for locking away carbon. And they are centers of biodiversity.