Farming charity RABI has launched what it says is the largest ever wellbeing survey of its kind in England and Wales.

The Big Farming Survey, which aims to gather 26,000 responses from farming people, will help identify how increasingly complex challenges in the sector are affecting people’s physical and mental wellbeing, as well as the health of farming businesses.

The survey is a key strand of RABI’s ambitious five-year strategy to reach a far wider audience, and a step towards its ambition that no farmer should ever face adversity alone. The initiative will be delivered in partnership with the Centre for Rural Research at the University of Exeter and is supported by key stakeholders and partners across the agricultural industry.

“RABI is acutely aware of the mounting pressures in the sector,” says chief executive Alicia Chivers. “To serve our community effectively, we require a greater understanding of how these factors affect daily life which is why we’ve launched the Big Farming Survey.

“It is vital that the voices of farming people are heard. It only takes 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire and everyone who participates will be making an important contribution. The research will enable us to formulate more effective tools and support strategies to enhance farmer wellbeing now and into the future.”

The survey runs until 31 March 2021. It can be completed online at rabi.org.uk/BigFarmingSurvey, or printed copies in English and Welsh are available by emailing FarmSurvey@exeter.ac.uk.