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Best Practice Review

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It is a catalogue of farms of excellence, representative of 11 Best Practices of farm management in EU.

They are Models of effective and efficient showing entrepreneurial flexibility in the process of adapting to new market scenarios. They are farms that have established alternative sources of income (i.e., multifunctionality) to support the mere production (as strategy to response of the decoupling), showing a strong attention to the safeguard of the environmental heritage and the  eco-sustainable development of territory where they are based.  They are certified not only for production aspects but also for the entire cycle of Farm Management and they adopt systems of control management of process / product (Traceability, Tracing back, Quality control, etc...) for the improvement and optimisation of enterprise processes.

Entrepreneurial models of farm management have been identified, formalised and described; they are guided by a business and market oriented logic and have fully addressed the requests coming from the new CAP not only as ties and obligations but as growth opportunities.

The elements of excellence, that characterise Best Practises, have been identified with reference to the following areas:

  • Interaction with the local context;
  • Traceability and tracing back;
  • Quality (Process and Product);
  • Multifunctionality;
  • Environmental Management and Sustainability;
  • Marketing;
  • Use of ICT;
  • Farm planning and management.


The farms selected on the basis of a first  territorial reconnaissance, have been interviewed through ad hoc tools of detection and have been evaluated by researchers of the  partner countries for an analysis of strengths and weaknesses of the farm strategies with reference to the following criteria of evaluation:

  • Approach based on the territory;
  • Pro-active entrepreneurial   approach;
  • Cooperation and partnership;
  • Innovation of process / product;
  • Perspective of integration and networking;
  • Perspective of chain;
  • Effective and efficient management;
  • Transferability of process / product;
  • Sustainability;
  • Diversification (service, product and markets).

Subsequently,  an action of comparison has been carried out in order to identify the farms more representative of models of Best Practices, which have been described  formalising organisational and managerial processes that have determined and consolidated the excellence through an evaluation made on the basis of specific indicators of performance:

  • Effectiveness of farm action;
  • Efficiency;
  • Quality;
  • Productivity;
  • Well-being of people working in the farm;
  • Innovation;
  • Profitability;
  • Adaptability


The outcome of this hard-working  process of identification, selection and formalisation has led us to describe 11 Farms whose sheets can be consulted within the “Review of Best Practices”.