Baltic Farmers' Forum on Environment

Baltic Farmers' Forum on Environment (BFFE) was launched in April 1998 as an initiative from the Nordic Farmers Council (NBC). Presidents of the farmers unions met in Gotland (Sweden) and discussed about the status of the Baltic Sea. The meeting resulted a declaration "Farmers for a Sustainable Future in The Baltic Sea Region".

The status of the Baltic Sea was found to be serious, and it was concluded that all the sectors involved (industry, agriculture, transport, energy production, fishery, tourism, forestry) must take the responsibility to improve the situation of the Baltic Sea. The organizations also urged governments to reserve resources for the adoption of agri-environmental measures. Finally the organizations declared their willingness to invest in the sustainable development of the Baltic Sea. The BFFE network was launched as a part of this process.

The declaration was signed by 12 organizations from 11 countries.

  1. Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF)
  2. Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners in Finland (MTK)
  3. The Central Union of Swedish-speaking Agricultural Producers in Finland (SLC)
  4. Association of Private Family Farmers and Agricultural Cooperatives of Russia (AKKOR)
  5. Estonian Farmers Federation (ETKL)
  6. Latvian Farmers Federation (LZF)
  7. Lithuanian Farmers Union (LUS)
  8. National Union of Farmers and Agricultural Clubs and Organisations (KRZKIOR), Poland
  9. Bauernverband Schleswig-Holstein (BVSH), Germany
  10. Danish Agriculture and Food Council (L&F)
  11. The Norwegian Farmers' Union (NFU)
  12. Farmers Assosiation of Iceland (Bondi)

Today also Farmers Parliament (ZSA) from Latvia and  the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce take part in the cooperation.

NBC (Nordiska Bondeorganisationers Centralråd) manages and monitors the activities of BFFE together with the farmers unions in the area. The chairmanship follows the NBC chairmanship and rotates between Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. Currently MTK holds the coordinating role. The BFFE secretariat is headed by Liisa Pietola, Head of Environmental Affairs in MTK.


The aim of BFFE

The aim of BFFE is to strengthen the agri-environmental work among the farmer organisations. It also represents farmers around the Baltic Sea as an observer in HELCOM.

The vision of BFFE (Stockholm 2012)

Farmers and farmers’ organisations engagements

  • Farmers’ organisations take an active part in environmental policy making processes
  • Utilise given environmental tools such as free advice and EU agri-environmental support schemes to the greatest possible extent
  • Further advocate practices and efforts that farmers make to improve the efficiency of production, which results in higher productivity and less environmental impact

Expectations on governments and administration

  • Listen to farmers’ organisations and BFFE and take farmers’ interest in to account in the environmental policy
  • Support economic viability and competitiveness of agriculture
  • Provide a framework with realistic objectives
  • Support agricultural research and advisory services to generate and transfer innovative solutions to farmers


Contact information of partner organizations

  • Liisa Pietola (*)
    Head of Environmental Affairs MTK, Finland
    PO Box 510 FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland    
  • Airi Kulmala (*)
    Expert, MTK, Finland   
    PO Box 510 FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland    
  • Rikard Korkman (*)
    Senior Adviser, SLC, Finland   
    Fredriksgatan 61 A 34, 00100 Helsingfors  
  • Kjell Ivarsson (*)
    Expert, LRF, Sweden   
    Franzéngatan 1B, Stockholm
    Postadress: 105 33 Stockholm
  • Markus Hoffman
    Expert, LRF, Sweden
  • Lise Johnsen (*)
    Advisor, L&F, Denmark   
    Axelborg, Axeltorv 3, DK 1609 Copenhagen V, Denmark    
  • Hildegunn Gjengedal
    Senior Adviser, NFU, Norway   
    Pb. 9354 Grønland 0135 Oslo, Norway    
  • Jovita Motiejūnienė
    Coordinator for foreign affairs, LUS, Lithuania
    K. Donelaičio g. 2-305 LT-44239 Kaunas, Lithuania    
  • Roomet Sõrmus
    Chairman of the Board, EPKK, Estonia
    Pärnu str 141, Tallinn 11314, Estonia

  • Giedrė Kojalienė
    Project Expert, LUS, Lithuania   
    K. Donelaičio g. 2-305 LT-44239 Kaunas, Lithuania    
  • Kerli Ats
    Member of the Board, ETKL, Estonia
    Üksnurme tee 8, Saku, 75501 Harju maakond, Estonia    
    ​​​​​​​+372 5647 5660
  • Agnese Hauka
    Adviser, LFZ, Latvia
    Republikas laukums 2 Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
  • Maira Dzelzkalēja
    Vice Chairman, ZSA, Latvia
    Republikas laukums 2, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia    
  • Zanda Krūklīte
    Projects Manager, ZSA, Latvia   
    Republikas laukums 2, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia 
  • Erna Bjarnadóttir
    Assistant executive director, Bondi, Iceland​​​​​​​eb[@]    
    Bændahöllinni við Hagatorg 107 Reykjavík, Iceland    
  • Frederike Böttger
    ​​​​​​​Advisor, BVSH, Germany   
    Grüner Kamp 19-21, 24768 Rendsburg, Germany    
  • Russia, AKKOR    
  • Poland, KRZKIOR 


(*) members of secretariat

If you have any comments concerning these BFFE web pages, please contact Airi Kulmala.

Meeting in Espoo

Espoo, Finland
​​​​​​​25-26 February 2015

BFFE organized a science-based conference on Agricultural Water Protection and Sustainable Food Production in Hanasaari, Espoo. There were participants from almost all countries around the Baltic Sea as well as from the EC and Copa-Cogeca.

Farmers also designed the declaration where they expressed their care for the environment and willingness to further improve their practices.

Meeting in Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden
​​​​​​​28-29 August 2012

The representatives of thirteen farmers’ organisations from eight countries around the Baltic Sea gathered in Stockholm for two days to agree on joint guidelines for a sustainable agriculture within the whole region.

The outcome of the meeting was a joint vision for a sustainable, environmentally friendly agriculture, which also contribute to economic sustainability. More information and all presentation from the meeting can be found on Baltic Deal's webpage.