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Terre de Liens


Removing land from the commodity market and enabling organic farmers to settle in good conditions. That is what the French cooperation Terre de Liens has been doing since 2007.


Terre de Liens is a civic organisation established to assist organic farmers in gaining access to land. The organisation also promotes new ways to own and manage land as a common good. Terre de Liens has created financial tools to collect investment funds and donations, and educational tools to inform the public and raise awareness about land access and agriculture. It now has a network of 2,000 members and 8,000 shareholders (mostly individual), and owns 2,400 hectares of farmland, supporting about 200 farmers. Until now the shareholders have brought in a total amount of 30 million euros.


Since 2007 Terre de Liens has also directly acquired farmland, which it holds in perpetuity for the sake of current and future generations. Terre de liens’ land is let to farmers who undertake to farm organically or biodynamically or who are peasant farmers committed to respecting the environment.


To acquire farmland, Terre de Liens has created two financial tools: La Foncière, a solidarity investment company; and Le Fonds, an Endowment Trust which collects investment or donations in cash or kind. Through the Foncière and the Fund, Terre de Liens now owns more than a hundred farm estates. This has been made possible by the support of the shareholders who do not receive any dividend.


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Type of initiative Knowledge/advice organization, Information/network organization
Field of work Agriculture, Financial services
Date of commencement 2003
Founder(s) Sjoerd Wartena
Legal form Foundation
Continent Europe
Country France
City Crest
One or several keywords that describe your initiative biological farming, land access, collective farmland ownership
Publications newsletters, video's
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Contact person(s)

Sjoerd Wartena


Contact information

Name Terre de Liens
Address 10 rue Archinard
Zip/postal code 26400
Place Crest
State/province DrŰme
Country France
Phone +33 (0)9 70 20 31 09



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