Info­graphic: Passing on to the next gener­a­tions

Euro­pean agri­cul­ture faces a demo­graphic chal­lenge. This is a situ­a­tion that requires holistic solu­tions to make farm succes­sion successful.

Fewer youg farmers in Europe

Source: Euro­stat; EU 28 Year: 2016

People working in agri­cul­ture in the Euro­pean Union are older …


… than the average of all working people.



Factors that make an acqui­si­tion diffi­cult

Rising prices for agri­cultur land

Period: 2011-2018, Source: Euro­stat, 2022

+ 11.6 %
in France

+ 23.9 %
in the UK

+ 38.4 %
in the Nether­lands

+ 114.5 %
in Poland



Struc­tural change of farm enter­prises


Source: Euro­stat, 2016




What is inhibiting the next gener­a­tion?

Survey of  77,888 farmers in Europe

Source: Euro­pean Parlia­ment, 2021

23 %
A lot of work brings little money

No access to knowledge and technology

There is a lack of available land


Factors that can facil­i­tate an qcqui­si­tion

Source: Proposals from NEWBIE Network, DG AGRI, Euro­pean Invest­ment Bank

  • Make it easier for new entrants to rent public land
  • Tax incen­tives for landowners to sell their land or enter a joint venture with a newcomer
  • Bringing avail­able land and inter­ested young farmers together trough networks
  • Support succes­sion plan­ning for running farms


  • Busi­ness incu­ba­tion to build viable busi­nesses
  • Manage­ment training
  • Busi­ness plan prepa­ra­tion training


  • Low-interest loans for newcomers
  • CAP starting 2023: A share of at least 3% of the national budget should support the estab­lish­ment of young farmers
  • EAFRD finan­cial instru­ments: eg, use EAFRD grants as a guar­antee and thus facil­i­tate access to credit