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The F.A.R.M. – Oatly’s Framework for Agriculture

Oatly has partnered with farmers for years – from helping Swedish farmers growing more oats for (human) food to incentivizing corn and soy farmers in the US Midwest to reintroduce oats to their farming. Now, we are taking things to the next level by creating a common framework for all our agricultural farmer projects. We call it The F.A.R.M.



The F.A.R.M. is our way to re-shape how food is produced and how the planet is treated. And to give farmers – who look after our land and grow our food – a better deal in the process.
"Oatly is dedicated to the development of a food system that gives back to nature and communities - and the farm will play a key role in restoring carbon, improving biodiversity, and supporting farm viability."
"Oatly is dedicated to the development of a food system that gives back to nature and communities - and the farm will play a key role in restoring carbon, improving biodiversity, and supporting farm viability."

This framework consists of an Oatly-specific definition of regenerative or restorative (different names, same thing) agriculture, a set of measurable outcomes for nature and farmers, and systems that will allow us to gather a consistent set of data across the diversity of pilot projects. This will help us measure change in the systems, harvest learnings (pun intended!) and scale solutions to help us drive a food system shift.
The F.A.R.M. framework will help us to experiment with new practices and measure change in our pilot projects, focusing on a set of measurable outcomes for greenhouse gas emissions on farms (such as the state of nitrogen and carbon), improved ecosystem functions (such as biodiversity and water quality in agricultural areas), and the social components of farm viability and resilience.

Co-creating solutions



Another thing that sets Oatly’s work in regenerative farming apart is that we are taking a participatory approach. We are not just handing solutions down, trying to get farmers to force them to fit. We are partnering with farmers and oat-mill suppliers, listening to what they have to say, and coming up with solutions together that will work in their context.
The F.A.R.M. is a massive project with dozens of partners and hundreds of processes consisting of thousands of small steps.
The F.A.R.M. is a massive project with dozens of partners and hundreds of processes consisting of thousands of small steps.

We are also focusing on farmer livelihoods. We create social incentives by connecting farmers to other farmers, giving them the opportunity to network and share knowledge about growing oats. And we create economic incentives by rewarding farmers for experimenting and sharing data with us, making it possible for them to take risks around what crops they are planting and what practices they are using. And ultimately, we are of course hoping to buy the oats they produce.

A Long Journey



A shift toward regenerative agriculture doesn’t happen from one day to the next. It is a process consisting of many small steps that collectively will lead to systems change. That is why Oatly is committed to improve the measurable impact of our sourcing over time. In other words, we don’t expect all our work to be perfect from the start.
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But over time, we are going to move from where we are now, through a series of pilots, to a climate positive farming process. The Future Agriculture Renovation Movement will be an important part of getting us there! To read more about this initiative, check out our site: