Farmwel — sankalpa supported activity



Farmwel is a think tank and farmer-to-farmer networking and knowledge exchange. Partnering with likeminded organisations, Farmwel advocate policies and produce podcasts which enable a transition towards sustainable, and accountable, mainstream agriculture and aquaculture.

The results of the 2016 EU referendum confirmed that a vote for Bexit meant a vote to leave EU agricultural policy. Seeing Brexit as an opportunity to do something exciting and new, ffinlo Costain set up Farmwel — with the intention of identifying and benchmarking sustainable farming excellence.

Supporting Farmwel

Meeting ffinlo back in 2015, it was clear that he had the passion and capability to positively impact policy and practice — but he was in need of flexible, long-term, funding if he was to have any success. 

Working in a stand alone position, ffinlo did not have capacity to spend time applying to various funders. Instead, he needed someone to trust and invest in him. A flexible and trusting approach to funding has allowed ffinlo to focus his time on building partnerships and creating positive systemic changes that have informed and altered the UK’s approach to sustainable agriculture.

Timeline of supported activities:

  • 2015 — Farmwel is founded.
    Seeing Brexit as an opportunity to do something exciting and new, ffinlo set up Farmwel — a think tank with the intention of identifying and benchmarking sustainable farming excellence.

  • 2017 — Farmwel informs government agricultural reform.
    sankalpa funded Farmwel to work alongside FAI Farms to develop 18 goals for sustainable agriculture. From this, Farmwel produced a blueprint for agricultural reform — much of which was integrated by the government, and became central to the UK’s agricultural policy.

  • 2017 — Farmwel partners with FAI Farms and Oxford University to draw large scale attention to ground breaking research into the global warming impact of ruminant methane.
    The scientists, which included Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors, discovered that methane from ruminants is not causing additional global warming. Instead ruminants, when well managed in grass-based systems, can produce food, restore biodiversity and help deliver net zero emissions from agriculture.

  • 2019 — Farmwel creates Farm Gate podcast.
    With topics ranging from the ethics of veganism to the impact of climate change on food availability, 500 subscribers tune in weekly to hear stories about the people and solutions that are creating a regenerative future for food and agriculture.

sankalpa’s adaptable approach to funding has allowed me to be responsive to political changes and focus on doing work that matters as opposed to trying to create outcomes that fit around a prescriptive funder’s model.

ffinlo Costain, Farmwel

Farmwel Today

Farmwel is a government trusted think tank that has been fundamental in supporting the production of good practice guidance for the UK. Farmwel's advocacy is underpinned by the scientific and veterinary expertise at FAI Farms.
Farmwel continues to engage politicians and the Farm Gate podcast and ruminant methane project continue to inform sustainable farming excellence through direct advocacy and farmer to farmer networking.
ffinlo Costain (2) — sankalpa changemaker
Farmwel — sankalpa supported activity

The amount of bureaucracy in the charity sector is often unhelpful and not the way to get things done. Being trapped in a funding loop or reporting cycle, needing to be able to prove that you have linked every single thing to an outcome, makes it harder to concentrate your time on doing the things that actually matter. sankalpa is different.

ffinlo Costain, Farmwel
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