Nuffield Farming Scholar to find out how non-EU countries farm the environment

04 May 2017

CLA Senior Land Use Policy Adviser Jonathan Baker is about to embark on a study trip to find out how farmers across three continents are incentivised to enhance the environment as part of his Nuffield Farming Scholarship.

Jonathan, 32, who works at the CLA’s head office in London to improve and inform land use policy with a focus on conservation, won the 2017 scholarship after applying to research the timely topic of how developed countries outside the EU support their farmers to deliver for the environment.

He is set to visit Switzerland, Norway, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand to meet with politicians, academics, policy makers and farmers to explore the state of land use policy across the developed world.

The research trip will culminate in a 10,000-word report and presentation to the Annual Nuffield Farming Conference in November next year. Jonathan’s work will set out the differences between each country with a view to informing the first agricultural policy designed and delivered specifically for the UK in 40 years.

Jonathan said: “I am excited to look beyond the EU to understand why and how other developed countries support, or don’t support, their farmers and how this relates to environmental performance. I hope to expand the horizons of our sector by bringing back lessons, ideas and experiences from around the world to inform the ongoing debates about post-Brexit land use policy.

“I am grateful to the John Oldacre Foundation and Nuffield for providing me with the opportunity to study this important and timely issue.”

You can follow Jonathan’s adventure on Twitter @jojabaker and

The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust awards approximately 20 individuals each year with the opportunity to research topics of interest in either farming, food, horticulture or rural industries. For more information please visit