Water & agriculture: adaptive strategies at farm level

What farm level adaptation strategies exist or can be developed to deal with water scarcity?


The final report of this Focus Group has been published.

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Tasks:

  • Make an inventory of competitive farming management practices and strategies which are currently available and/or adopted to tackle water scarcity at farm/local level in the EU. How will they cushion against feed and food insecurity and rural vulnerability? What working examples can be found in the EU?
  • List promising alternative and cost effective, competitive (novel) crops and/or cropping/livestock/agricultural systems that are able to deal with water scarcity.
  • Assess the potential for soil and landscape management to improve water holding capacity.
  • Identify the success (or the fail) factors (financial, environmental, societal…) concerning the transferability of adaptive strategies beyond the farm/local boundaries as well as to farms in different European regions.
  • Identify needs from practice and possible gaps in knowledge on particular issues concerning adaptation(s) to water scarcity which may be solved by further research.
  • Identify the main challenges farmers have to face when changing "business as usual" to counter the effects of water scarcity due to changing rainfall regimes.
  • Discuss the following questions: Are the local Agricultural and Innovation Systems sufficiently equipped to discuss adaptation strategies with farmers? What active role for extension services, training systems, information campaigns? Who shall initiate an "adaptation strategy"? What role for the (innovative) farmer? Can advisers play a role? How/when can they provide support?
  • Propose potential innovative actions to stimulate the knowledge and use of adaptation measures/strategies to water scarcity and to multiply positive effects within the agricultural sector.

Results:


Other information:


Focus Group members:

Surname, first name

Profession

Country

Agudelo, Agatha

Expert from agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing

Spain

Anastasiou, Dimos

Farmer; scientist

Greece

Basch, Gottlieb

Expert from NGO; scientist

Germany

Cabecinha, Liliana

Expert from agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing

Portugal

Collison, Martin

Farmer; farm adviser; other type of adviser; expert from agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing

United Kingdom

de Haan, Janjo

Scientist

Netherlands

Fülöp, Bence

Farmer; adviser; scientist

Hungary

Girona, Joan

Scientist

Spain

Hammett, Paul

Farm adviser; expert from agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing 

United Kingdom

Huits, Dominique

Farmer; farm adviser

Belgium

Intrigliolo Molina, Diego

Scientist

Spain

Krysztoforski, Marek

Farm adviser

Poland

Larsson, Linda

Farm adviser

Sweden

Mantovi, Paolo

Farm adviser; scientist

Italy

Mastrorilli, Marcello 

Scientist

Italy

Morandi, Brunella

Scientist

Italy

Schmidt, Guido

Adviser

Germany

Takavakoglou, Vasileios

Adviser; scientist

Greece

Taparauskiene, Laima

Expert from agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing; scientist

Lithuania

Facilitation team
Gómez-Macpherson, Helena
Coordinating expert Spain
Karasinski, Céline
Task manager France

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