Case study Skylark (Netherlands): D4.3

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This case study focuses on the Skylark foundation: an organisation that unites arable farmers,
food processors and stakeholders in the supply chain to stimulate a joint effort to improve
sustainable arable farming. In total 388 arable farmers are member of the foundation, man-
aging over 45.000 ha (8,7%) of arable land in the Netherlands (Annual report 2015). An indi-
vidual sustainability plan is the core element used by Skylark members in realising and com-
municating sustainable arable farming. Unlike what the name seems to suggest, Skylark does
not specifically focus on the conservation of the skylark, but rather on sustainable land man-
agement. In summary, the Skylark approach is interesting as governance arrangement, and as
private initiative it is relevant in the search for innovative governance arrangements. Interest-
ing features of the approach are the focus on intrinsic motivation, tailor-made sustainability
plans, social learning among farmers, the involvement of food processing industry, and the
attempts to get recognition for the farmers’ sustainability efforts in CAP greening.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


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