Testing the GFM

Testing the Global Farm Metric framework is a vital part of its development so it is useable and useful for farmers.

Find all the information you need to complete the self-assessment below.


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It’s helpful to read and print our user guide before completing some categories of the assessment.

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What is the GFM Assessment?

The GFM Assessment (UK) is an open-source self-assessment spreadsheet created to trial the GFM framework.

It has been built to test whether this method of data capture and the outputs provided in the GFM Assessment helps farmers and land managers to:

  • Set and monitor progress towards sustainability goals
  • Make incremental improvements to farming practices
  • Learn about and reduce the negative impacts the farm may be having
  • Improve the local environment
  • Prepare for upcoming changes to the UK agricultural policy
  • Save time inputting the same information into multiple assessments

Who is the GFM Assessment for?

The assessment can be used in the UK on farms of all sizes that produce food (including crops, livestock, vegetables, fruit), fuel and fibre.

What are the assessment boundaries?

The GFM assessment collects information over a 12-month period which can be a calendar year, a financial year or from harvest to harvest.

Information collected is restricted to the farmgate (i.e. products entering or leaving the farm) and the farm business (e.g. if land is rented out, flying flock, etc).

The categories and questions are based on the GFM.

What do I do if I have multiple enterprises?

If you have multiple enterprises that are part of the same farm business and on the same farm, you should include all of these details in the same assessment.
If you have multiple separate businesses run by different people operating on the same farm, you should complete separate assessments.
If you have a single business spread over multiple farms, you should complete separate assessments, unless there are lots of interactions between the farms.

How long does it take to complete?

It takes approximately 6-8 hours to collect all your data and input it into the assessment.

Data collection and input is made easier as most of the information asked for in the tool is requested in other assessments and certification schemes. This is because, once adopted, the framework is designed to reduce potential duplication of data entry.

How is my data used?

The assessment is hosted online, and your progress will be saved automatically.

Your data is used as outlined in the Privacy Notice and Terms and Conditions shared with you on trial sign up.

All information you share with us is used for research purposes only and all information is kept completely private. Your data will be anonymised to create sustainability benchmarks for the development of the GFM.

Do I have to fill in sensitive information, such as financials?

Your data is protected as outlined in the T&Cs and will be treated with the utmost care in line with GDPR policies as outlined in the consent form.

We would encourage you to take the time to complete as much of the assessment as possible for you to gain a more complete picture of your farming business, the more you complete the more useful it should be. We do understand that there may be data you do not wish to share as part of this pilot, that’s fine, just move onto the areas you’re comfortable completing.

How do I complete the assessment?

Once you’ve signed up, you can start gathering the data you need to complete the assessment using our data checklist.

Follow the link in your emails to the online assessment. Input your data.

Once you’ve completed the assessment, please fill in the post-survey feedback questions embedded in the assessment.

How do I save my progress?

Your progress is saved automatically.

How do I reveal my results?

Please make sure all questions are completed.

To see your final results, click on the far-right hand side of the category tab labeled ‘Results – State of the System’. Here you can see how you scored in all your categories and indicators, as well as the results of other key outputs.

How do I share feedback?

Your feedback is a vital part of the development of the GFM, to ensure the framework is useable and useful to farmers.

To be a part of this process, please fill in our pre and post survey questions embedded in the assessment and/or send an email to info@globalfarmmetric.org.

You can also leave comments through the assessment at the bottom of each category.

Does the GFM give me a whole-farm carbon footprint?


The ‘Climate’ category shows the risk to your farm due to extreme weather events caused by climate change. These are automatically calculated using data from the MET Office.

For a more in-depth understanding of your emissions, we recommend using an additional carbon farm tool. You can then upload the results to GFM Assessment at the bottom of the ‘Farm Information’ tab.

Where can I find help?

Still have questions?
Please contact our trials team at info@globalfarmmetric.org with your questions and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

UK Farm Trials 2022

How does the Global Farm Metric work in practice?

The Global Farm Metric framework was embedded into a research tool that enabled farmers to self-assess their sustainability. The trials collected feedback from over 40 farms across the UK, from a range of farming scales and systems.

All farmers who completed the trial gained a better understanding and developed a more targeted approach to on-farm sustainability. A whole-farm framework effectively supported decision making and drove progress towards reducing negative impacts and unintended consequences, while improving social, environmental and economic outcomes. Over 70% of farmers had a wider and more nuanced definition of sustainability and a better understanding of the positive relationship between sustainability and their farm business. This enabled knowledge exchange between different types farmers and better, more transparent, dialogue along the supply chain.

“Using the framework showed that by changing our ways of working we can benefit both farm productivity and the environment – beyond just re-wilding or no-till” – Rachel Davies, mixed farm, Monmouthshire (Wales)*

Latest Reports

Below are the latest report of the GFM

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