Innovations in agriculture: strengthening resilience through science and technology?

S.M. Verhoog

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Current developments as a direct result from the (binding) Paris Agreement1, adopted at the COP 21 December 2015, seem promising since the predominant role of science, technology and innovation in achieving the SDGs. Increasing farmers’ resilience toward climate change through new approaches as Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and ICTs in better linking farmers to markets (e-agriculture) seem crucial to improve food
security. Specifically ‘next generation young farmers’ or the ‘(r)urban youth’ can benefit from these new innovative challenges.
Implementing Climate Smart Agriculture techniques2 can be a solution for small-scale farmers in becoming more resilient toward the negative impacts of climate change. ICTs3 can provide farmers with better access to local, national, regional and/or foreign (export)markets through information on market prices, agricultural products, education and finance. Mobile applications for agriculture purposes can for example assist farmers (through crop management) in managing and trading crops, with the overall aim to increase agriculture output and income. Mobile phones can also be used to disseminate crowdsourcing data. In an attempt to improve the transparency and accountability of land governance and land tenure security, increasingly online ‘crowdsourcing’ open data platforms are being used as a new technology to share online information on land deals and land contracts.
Within the water-food-energy nexus, current (research) challenges lie in governing (in)securies in the transition toward becoming a more resilient and sustainable society. Innovations through science and technology can help farmers in becoming more resilient to the negative impacts of climate change and land grabs, through new
approaches like CSA and ICTs, which can also help to engage the youth in the sector.
Governance mechanisms should therefore adaptively manage resilience through more inclusive and reflexive governance mechanisms.


ConferenceClimate Change Interventions as a Source of Conflict, Competing Claims and New Mobilities (NWO/LANDac)
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Bibliographical note

Session: Conceptualising Cooperation & Resilience

This presentation is part of my research for the working paper v.1.2: 'The Global Land Rush Revisited'


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