WHAT IS CEJA

CEJA – the European Council of Young Farmers – is the voice of Europe’s next generation of farmers to the European institutions.

Acting as a forum for communication and dialogue between young farmers and European decision makers, CEJA’s main objective is to promote a younger and innovative agricultural sector across the EU 28 and to create good working and living conditions for young people setting up in farming and those who are already “Young Farmers”. [For more see our Young Farmers in the EU]. The main concerns of young farmers, and the focus of our activities in Brussels and beyond are issues concerning access to land, credit and production rights and strengthening education and training facilities for young people in rural areas. CEJA represents 2 million Young Farmers in Europe. Our membership spans across 24 EU Member States and 32 national member organisations, including an observer member from Serbia. We remain in regular contact with young farmers’ organisations, agricultural institutions and associations throughout Europe and worldwide. Over the years of CEJA’s work with and for young farmers and in order to amplify our message we have built strong links with various international youth organisations. CEJA has always claimed to be independent of any political ideology.

Ceja was established in Rome (Italy) in 1958 by organisations representing young farmers from all six founding members of the then still European Economic Community.

For decades CEJA has worked tirelessly to direct concerns of young farmers towards the European institutions and to influence the policy-making at the EU level. CEJA has co-organised numerous seminars, visits, coferences and authored dozens of reports. Among other activities, we have also been involved in the Exchange Programme for Young Farmers (PEJA) which allowed young people to experience the agricultural sector in another country, Tellus educational project which reached millions of European school children or, for example, in the school fruit scheme aimed at encouraging good eating habits of young people.
CEJA is a democratic international organisation governed by

General Assembly

Presidium

CEJA’s main decision making bodies

Presidency

which is made up of one President and four Vice-Presidents, elected for a two year term. The office is based in Brussels and is composed of several staff members.

MEET THE MEMBERS

    • 10.7 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      149 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      19.3 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 4.8 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      42 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      32.3 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • N.A

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      N.A

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      N.A

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 2.6 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      38 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      3.1 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • DENMARK

      Denmark

      LANDBOUNGDOM

      4.75 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      N.A k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      64.6 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 4.1 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      183 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      85.7 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 8.7 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      516 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      54.9 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 7.1 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      298 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      56.1 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 7.1 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      534 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      8.8 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 6.75 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      140 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      35.7 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 5.4 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      83 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      21.6 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 5.9 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      200 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      13.7 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 4.8 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      12 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      0.9 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 3.6 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      71 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      26.4 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 4.8 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      631 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      5.4 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 7.1 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      24 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      79.0 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 4.3 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      74 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      6.5 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)

MEET THE PRESIDENCY

Alice Cerutti

Alice Cerutti (IT)

CEJA VICE-PRESIDENT

Alice Cerutti is 34 years old and a young rice farmer in Vercelli, Northern Italy. She has been a member and young farmer delegate of ANGA, Italy’s National Association of Young Farmers, since 2009. Before that, Ms. Cerutti worked in market research and business development in New York, USA; however, she turned her back on the world of finance to return to Italy and start a farm. She has held a CEJA seat on the Civil Dialogue Group on Quality & Promotion since October 2010 and has also been involved in a number of European initiatives involving rice including ECORICE, a project aiming to increase the environmental sustainability of rice farms.
Jannes Maes

Jannes Maes (BE)

CEJA VICE-PRESIDENT

Born in 1991, Jannes Maes grew up on a Flemish farm (dairy cattle, sheep and arable crops) in Aalter, East of Flanders and has been passionate about agriculture and horticulture since childhood. He later attended secondary agricultural education and then obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture. Today, he is the manager on a dairy farm in Axel in the Netherlands, where the milk goes to a farmers’ cooperative and he conducts crop rotation with other farmers in the area. Mr. Maes has been an active member of Groene Kring for several years at both regional and national representative levels until he was elected as the international representative of Groene Kring and began to attend CEJA meetings.

Alan Jagoe (IE)

CEJA PRESIDENT

Alan Jagoe is a 33 year-old dairy and arable young farmer from Carrigaline, Co. Cork in Ireland and farms in partnership with his father and brother, milking 200 cows and supplying the milk to their local co-operative. For the last two years Mr. Jagoe has served as Vice-President of CEJA, and before that as President of Macra na Feirme – Ireland’s young farmer and rural youth organisation – representing Ireland’s young farmers at National, European and International level. Mr. Jagoe has also been instrumental in conducting studies and reports into “Land Mobility” and involved in significant work on the CAP reform in Ireland, and is therefore well-placed to lead European Young Farmers in 2015-2017.
Radoslaw Nienartowicz

Radek Nienartowicz (PL)

CEJA VICE-PRESIDENT

Radoslaw Nienartowicz is a young Polish farmer who has been running a family farm with his parents since his early childhood before entering into a partnership with his father on a 150 hA organic farm in 2008. He then became a member of ZZ CNMR, the Polish young farmer association, and has been active in it ever since. In 2012 Mr. Nienartowicz was elected as regional President of the Warmia and Mazury Province young farmers and in 2013 became Secretary to the Presidium of the National Board. The Polish young farmer has been participating in CEJA meetings since 2012 and has also been involved in Civil Dialogue Groups on Organic Farming and Rural Development.
Juha Tenho

Juha Tenho (FI)

CEJA VICE-PRESIDENT

Juha Tenho is a young farmer from Ulvila, Finland who was previously a member of the board of MTK, Finland’s Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners, for over two years and a member of his regional young farmer committee for three years before that. Alongside this experience in young farmer representation, after ten years of gaining practical experience, he began managing his own organic beef and lamb production together with his wife on their own holding, Tenho Farms, in 2012. Mr Tenho is also involved in local politics and has been part of the City Council of Ulvila since 2005, currently as a member of the City Board.

MEET THE CEJA TEAM

Alessia Musumarra

Alessia is the Secretary General of CEJA and has spent most of her professional life working in the realm of agriculture and policy-making at the EU level. She worked for over seven years in the Brussels Office of the Italian Confederation of Farmers. She is originally from Italy and holds a Masters degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Turin, and speaks fluent French. She has also attended training courses entitled ‘EU funding course’ and ‘Communications and Management of Institutional Relations’.

Natalia Skupska

Natalia Skupska is a project officer and she has been part of the CEJA team for more than 4 years now. She is an active practitioner of PRINCE 2 Project Management Qualification and she is currently involved in a number of European projects that CEJA is a partner to. She is a Polish national with a BA degree in Spanish and German from Aberystwyth University in the UK. She also holds an MSc degree in International Business Management – with a specialisation in small and medium sized enterprises and female entrepreneurship – from the University of Wales.

Nicola Pisano

Nicola is CEJA’s Communication and Project Assistant, and has been part of the CEJA team since August 2015. She supports the implementation and management of CEJA’s social media and communication channels as well as the projects of which CEJA is a partner. Nicola is an Australian and Italian national with a B.Sc. Honours in Urban and Regional Planning and a Diploma in Modern Languages (French) from the University of Western Australia.

Jules Johnston

Jules is the Press Officer of CEJA and has spent most of his professional life working within journalism and communications at an EU level, most recently working on the launch of the Politico European office. Originally from Scotland, Jules holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Multimedia Communications. He has also attended training in social media optimisation, data presentation and public speaking.