The Land and Soil Management Award

Prize winner 2022/2023

The winner of this year is "Improving Soil Health through experimental regenerative agriculture practices in the Netherlands”, a project submitted by Klompe Landbouw, Mijnsheerenland. The Netherlands represented by the farm owners Mellany and Jeroen Klompe; together with the Soil Heroes Foundation, represented by Annabelle Williams.

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The Jury also awarded two Diplomas of Recognition to the following projects

Project name Source
The Blaston regenerative farm (UK) for improving soil health and weed control, diversifying cropping and farming with nature, creating a sustainable business and reducing the carbon footprint of the farm, whilst producing healthy, nutritious food. They adopted the 3 Ms – Management, Measurement and Monetisation.  

INNOLIVAR (Spain)  for actions to control erosion and restore gullies in olive groves submitted by Interprofessional Spanish Olive Oil Organization. The objectives of the project are: The development of a simple and reliable mapping method of the gully network and its catchment, and a hydrological model for the analysis of the landscape evolution, for a proper selection and dimension of the control and preventive practices.

All first place winners: Prize and diplomas of recognition


Project name


Name of applicant
2022/2023 Improving Soil Health through experimental regenerative agriculture practices The Netherlands


Klompe Landbouw, Mijnsheerenland

2021/2022 Improving soil aggregation for soil protection, soil improvement, proper water management, carbon storage and food safety" Hungary Geographical  Institute,Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth  Sciences
2020/2021 Improving soil biodiversity and humus content for better soil fertility and climate Slovenia Zvone ฤŒerneliฤ, Farm ฤŒerneliฤ
  Diploma of Recognition: Zukunft Erde – humus formation program  Austria RWA
  Diploma of Recognition: The Land and Soil Management at the Petr Marada ฬs Ecofarm Czech republic Petr Marada
  Diploma of Recognition: Carbon Action Finland Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG)
  Diploma of Recognition: La Junquera: fighting land degradation with regenerative practices in South Spain Spain Alfonso Chico de Guzman
2019/2020 ORTO 2.0 Italy  Lorenzo Artibani
  Diploma of Recognition: a research and demonstration agroforestry experimental site in Ramecourt  Northern France Antione Dequidt & partners
2018/2019 GROW Observatory UK GROW Observatory
  Special Recognition for Breakthrough in Soil Technology for Precision Nutrient Management by near-infrared spectroscopy Germany John Deere GmbH&Co. KG
2017/2018 Preservation of soil health and fertility by implementing new concepts of land management Bulgaria Galina Dimitrova Peycheva-Miteva
  Diploma of Recognition: Holistic Management Regenerating Agricultural Soils Zimbabwe Africa Centre for Holistic Management
2016/2017 Healthy Soil for Healthy Food Austria 59 Austrian farmers, SPAR and WWF Austria
2015/2016 Creating new land and soil management opportunities under Mediterranean soil and climatic limitations


Portalimpex, Lda
2014/2015 Soil Regeneration at West Woodhay Farms UK West Woodhay Farms
2013/2014 The Pontbren Project Wales Pontbren Farmers Group
2012/2013 Global approach for a sustainable agroecosystem France E.A.R.L. LEFEBVRE
2011/2012 Certified course “soil practitioner” for crop and grassland farmers Austria Bio Austria (group of farmers)
2010/2011 The Land Stewardship Network Spain Jordi Pietx
2009/2010 Little things mean a lot Iceland Erlendur Björnsson
2008/2009 Jistebnice Highlands Cch Republic Jana Madฤ›rová


About the Award

The prize rewards land use and soil management practices mitigating soil threats i.e. soil degradation, erosion, reduction of organic matter content, diffuse contamination, and compaction as well as the reduction of soil biodiversity, salinization, sealing, flooding and landslides. In doing so, the award sheds light on outstanding achievements, encouraging new concepts of land and soil protection and their implementation in land management, as well as enhancing awareness about the importance of land and soil functions.

How to apply?

Applications for the Soil Award are now closed, but we will be happy to hear about your project at the end of the year. 


The call for application were opened from 17 October, 2022. You needed to simply fill in the application form available on the link below and send it by 15 January, 2023 midnight.

 The award is bestowed to the winner every year during the Forum for the Future of Agriculture.

Please note: the application should preferably be filled out in English. If the application chooses another language a well-structured English summary of the project should be enclosed. Submit your project via e-mail to the Award Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and share your success! 

Application Form 2022/2023 edition Download EN

                                                           Download FR

                                                             Download ES

Eligibility criteria

-Applications are closed to Soil and Land management projects located in Europe.


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