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Adaptive Approaches North Netherlands

Farmers, scientists and governments join forces

As co-initiator and project manager was Peter involved in a project of farmers' organization LTO Noord aiming at tackling climate change and its consequences in agriculture and horticulture. It was implemented in close cooperation with research partners (Wageningen University and Research), business (Grontmij) and local authorities in the north of the Netherlands (water authorities) between 2007 and 2011. It is partly based on the Agro Climate Calendar developed by WUR/Plant Sciences Group, were farmers have an insight into the changes of the frequency of occurrence of extreme weather events and their effects on crops. Adaptation measures have been inventorised and assessed for viability. The project encouraged farmers to take various measures in practice. So several farmers started with the construction of drip irrigation in the cultivation of potatoes (seed) have taken measures to conserve water to reduce drought damage.

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Strategic and Hands-on

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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