Climate change is a given, in addition to the task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we must also take into account the effects of a changing climate. In particular, the consequences of extreme events are important for the continuity of agricultural enterprises.
This research focuses on the financial viability of the agricultural enterprises, central is are the field and farm level adaptation measures to the changing climate and, in particular, extreme weather event.
Key questions are:
- Which adaptation measures can be done by the farmer?
- What residual risk can be addressed by the farmer and what actions can increase his financial resilience (looking broader than insurance).
In order to answer these questions, it is necessary to understand the expected weather extremes and their impacts, and how farmers can anticipate and increase the financial resilience of the farm. We look at the following extreme climate factors: severe (prolonged) rainfall, hail, drought and heat. The work will focus on: arable farming, fruit cultivation, full-grown vegetable cultivation, tree nursery and flower bulking in the Netherlands. Risks and damage are estimated for the following crops: lily, pear, potato, corn, leek, trees and shrubs. The final selection of crops will be determined in consultation with the steering committee.
The research consists of two parts. Part 1 looks at field and farm level adaptation measures to address the risks. Part 2 focuses on a mechanism that addressed the residual risk. Because the measures and choices of mechanisms to address residual risks can be location specific, we will consider this context where appropriate.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/17 → 31/12/18|