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Increasing resilience by supporting farmers

Increasing resilience in agriculture is an important goal to address the rising challenges that the agricultural industry faces, such as climate change, climate variability, soil degradation, and threats related to plant and animal health. Supporting farmers plays a fundamental role in this process, as they are the main players in the production of food and agricultural raw materials. Some key factors to increase resilience by supporting farmers are detailed below:

Training and education

To provide training and education to farmers is essential to increase their adapting skills in changing circumstances. This includes trainings on sustainable agricultural practices, water management, crop diversification, and the appropriate use of agricultural technologies.

Access to resources

Farmers need access to resources such as quality seeds, appropriate tools, financing, and fertile land to carry out their activities in an effective manner. The support of governmental and non-governmental organizations can be crucial in that regard.

Food security

To guarantee food security is fundamental to increase farmers’ resilience. This does not only result in producing enough food, but also on guaranteeing that farmers will have access to a balanced and nutritious diet.

Risk management

Farmers face a series of risks, from extreme climate disasters to animal and crop diseases. The implementation of risk management systems, such as agricultural insurances and early warning systems can help to mitigate those risks.