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Report, 2021

D6.2 Report on combinations of conditions for successful and unsuccessful fostering of resilience in agricultural sectors

Mathijs, Erik; Bijttebier, Jo; Accatino, Francesco; Feindt, Peter; Gavrilescu, Camelia; Manevska Tasevska, Gordana; Meuwissen, Miranda; Ollendorf, Franziska; Peneva, Mariya; San Martín, Carolina; Severini, Simone; Spiegel, Alisa; Vigani, Mauro; Zawalinska, Katarzyna; Wauters, Erwin;


Farming systems (FS) operate in biophysical, political, social, economic and cultural environments which are often far from stable. Frequently or unfavourably changing conditions can affect FS performance, i.e., the delivery of FS functions (such as food production or ecosystem services). The aim of task 6.1 is to identify principles for an enabling environment to foster (rather than hinder) resilient farming systems in Europe. Task 6.2 will translate these principles into roadmaps that will contain recommendations for both public and private actors and institutions in the enable environment on how to support farming system resilience. A farming system is a system hierarchy level above the farm at which properties emerge resulting from formal and informal interactions and interrelations among farms and non-farm actors to the extent that these mutually influence each other. The environment can then be defined as the context of a farming system on which farming system actors have no or little influence. Hence, actors belonging to the environment may be food processors, retailers, financial institutions, technology providers, consumers, policy makers, etc. Fostering FS resilience is done through (re)designing institutions and building and mobilising resources in order to enhance resilience enabling attributes of FS (and remove resilience constraining attributes). These institutions can be both part of the FS and part of an enabling environment, consisting of private actors (such as food processors, retailers, banks, etc.) and public actors (government agencies). Four archetypical patterns according to which challenges are insufficiently addressed to foster FS resilience have been identified. Six general principles underpinning patterns that enable FS resilience have been formulated. An important challenge is that FS and enabling environments should always find a good balance between addressing challenges in the short run and dealing with challenges in the long run.

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Publisher: SURE-Farm

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Mathijs, Erik
University of Leuven (KU Leuven)
Bijttebier, Jo
Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO)
Accatino, Francesco
National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
Feindt, Peter
No organisation
Gavrilescu, Camelia
No organisation
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Meuwissen, Miranda
No organisation
Ollendorf, Franziska
No organisation
Peneva, Mariya
No organisation
San Martín, Carolina
Technical University of Madrid (UPM)
Severini, Simone
University of Tuscia
Spiegel, Alisa
No organisation
Vigani, Mauro
University of Gloucestershire
Zawalinska, Katarzyna
Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)
Wauters, Erwin
Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO)

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