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Is extreme weather is a risk to your region or business?

Land Water Food helps to find the right measures

Can your climate policy be translated into concrete measures, feasible for farmers and the local government? Then Land Water Food is your expert partner.

Prevention is better than cure. But this can be significantly improved with preventive measures such as the adjustment of agricultural production and a sustainable organization of the land's resilience. Experience with projects in the area of Climate and Agriculture, both in the Netherlands and abroad, has shown that farmers can adapt in different ways. They must have knowledge and know what the best choices are. That knowledge is often present among researchers or governments. It is important to disclose that information to benefit farmers.

Water management can be improved at a regional scale within the river basin. For example, by preserving or filtering water. Sometimes the river needs more space or have high water-resistant areas for storage. This requires careful land planning and knowledge of farming systems!

There is often no single solution to the problem. Land Water Food considers all the options with you: the choice of crops, soil fertility and soil structure, fertilization and water supply at farm level and regional level, land use and socio-economic aspects. The approach takes into account mitigating targets. Measures should therefore preferably also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and capture CO2. The result is an implementation, which leads to a robust food system.
 

Emergencies and agriculture

 

In regions with a greater risk of flooding it is good to draw up contingency plans and to lend  explicit attention to specific agronomic aspects such as the evacuation of livestock, animal health, the discharge of milk etc .. Looming dike breaches in the Netherlands was a worthwhile experience. Fortunately, the final damage was limited by appropriate measures and close cooperation with operational services. Land Water Food likes to apply the knowledge of this area elsewhere in the world. Not only to fight disaster, but preferably to prevent crises by focusing on areas of high water-resistence.

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"By participating in the Crisis we were able to apply practical knowledge of agriculture. Crucial to leading the evacuation of dairy cattle in the right direction ...... "

Former Chair Farmers' Organization LTO Noord Groningen, Hilbrand Sinnema

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Water scarcity challenges to new systems for food

Drought and heat stress lead to the adaptation of agriculture and horticulture. Simultaneously, the demand for food increases. New cultivation systems offer new perspectives.

An agri-logistics center is one such example of a short distance between supply and demand locations with good storage.

However there is  also the possibility to convert waste heat in industry in a useful way in production. Energy from waste heat can be used for heating greenhouses. Organic waste is in the form of compost, an excellent soil conditioner. Reuse of treated wastewater relieves the pressure on natural water resources. Nutrients in the waste water are valuable to fertilize the plants. Cycles are closed. High yielding horticulture deserves its own place in the dynamics of metropolitan areas: sustainable and low carbon footprint per kilogram of product.

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Composing solutions

Solving complex issues surrounding food production is like composing music. Working as a team of experts can make for a resounding success. This requires skill, a good plan and a clear goal. And natural affinity with farmers and other parties active in rural areas.

There are many factors that determine whether the crop in an agricultural area is successful. The dependence on the whims of the weather, the market and politics make food systems vulnerable. Climate change reinforces this effect. In this complex forum farmers are trying to find a way. Governments set the policy context, promote research and stimulate growth. That is easier said than done. Many plans are little more than pipe dreams. Land Water Food makes climate adaptation concrete and feasible. Soil, water and food systems are connected to an integrated and sustainable approach. Working on operational goals, an action perspective for farmers and other stakeholders. Land Water Food bridges the gap between policy and the agricultural reality. It brings together experts to work with you on an approach with impact! So, why not you?

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