ECAF was constituted in Brussels on 14th January, 1999, as a non-profit making international association, subjected to the Belgium laws. It was conceived to encourage any issue focused on maintaining the agrarian soil and its biodiversity in the context of sustainable agriculture. ECAF is not involved in any commercial product, equipment and/ or trademark.

The European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF) brings together sixteen national associations which promote among Europe's farmers the soil management "best practice" aspects of Conservation Agriculture. With member associations in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Moldova, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom, ECAF represents the interests of the majority of the European Union's cropped farmland.

The aims of ECAF are:

  • to promote information to farmers, agrarian technicians and society in general, about the techniques that make it possible to conserve agrarian soil and its biodiversity, in the context of sustainable agriculture;
  • to encourage the development, teaching and investigation on any aspect related to Conservation Agriculture and the biodiversity of agrarian soil;
  • to develop all kinds of activities and programs addressed to the achievement of the previous aims.