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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 April 2022

Miranda P. M. Meuwissen
Wageningen Universiteit, The Netherlands
Peter H. Feindt
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Alberto Garrido
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Erik Mathijs
KU Leuven, Belgium
Bárbara Soriano
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Julie Urquhart
University of Gloucestershire
Alisa Spiegel
Wageningen Universiteit, The Netherlands


Resilient and Sustainable Farming Systems in Europe
Exploring Diversity and Pathways
, pp. v - xi
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022


  1. List of Figures

  2. List of Tables

  3. List of Contributors

  4. Preface

  5. Acknowledgements

  6. 1SURE-Farm Approach to Assess the Resilience of European Farming Systems

    Miranda P. M. Meuwissen, Peter H. Feindt, Alisa Spiegel, Wim Paas, Bárbara Soriano, Erik Mathijs, Alfons Balmann, Julie Urquhart, Birgit Kopainsky, Alberto Garrido and Pytrik Reidsma

    1. 1.1The Resilience Challenge for Europe’s Farming Systems

    2. 1.2The SURE-Farm Resilience Framework

    3. 1.3The Relevance of Regional Context

    4. 1.4Involvement of Multiple Disciplines

    5. 1.5Mixed Methods

    6. 1.6Outline of the Book

  7. 2The Importance of Improving and Enlarging the Scope of Risk Management to Enhance Resilience in European Agriculture

    Robert Finger, Willemijn Vroege, Alisa Spiegel, Yann de Mey, Thomas Slijper, P. Marijn Poortvliet, Julie Urquhart, Mauro Vigani, Phillipa Nicholas-Davies, Bárbara Soriano, Alberto Garrido, Simone Severini and Miranda P. M. Meuwissen

    1. 2.1Introduction

    2. 2.2Farm-Level and Farming-System-Level Risk Management

    3. 2.3Insights into Risk Perception and Current Risk Management

    4. 2.4Illustrative Opportunities towards Improved Risk Management

    5. 2.5Stakeholder Reflections and Insights in the Contribution of Risk Management to the Resilience Capacities at the Farming System Level

    6. 2.6Conclusion

  8. 3Demographic Dimensions of Resilient Farming Systems in the EU

    Alfons Balmann, Erwin Wauters, Franziska Appel, Jo Bijttebier, Isabeau Coopmans and Christine Pitson

    1. 3.1Introduction

    2. 3.2Farm Demographics, Structural Change, and Resilience

    3. 3.3Lessons from a Qualitative Inquiry on Generational Renewal in European Farming Systems

    4. 3.4Adaptive Capacities of Structural Change in Selected Regions

    5. 3.5Conclusions

  9. 4Policies and Farming System Resilience: A Bottom-Up Analysis

    Yannick Buitenhuis, Jeroen Candel, Katrien Termeer, Isabel Bardají, Isabeau Coopmans, Eewoud Lievens, Anna Martikainen, Erik Mathijs, Julie Urquhart, Erwin Wauters and Peter H. Feindt

    1. 4.1Introduction

    2. 4.2Theoretical Framework

    3. 4.3Research Methods and Data

    4. 4.4Results

    5. 4.5Reflections and Conclusion

  10. 5Constrained Sustainability and Resilience of Agricultural Practices from Multiple Lock-In Factors and Possible Pathways to Tackle Them: An Assessment of Three European Farming Systems

    Jasmine E. Black, Paul Courtney, Damian Maye, Julie Urquhart, Mauro Vigani, Wim Paas, Saverio Senni, Daniele Bertolozzi-Caredio and Pytrik Reidsma

    1. 5.1Introduction

    2. 5.2Aim of This Chapter

    3. 5.3Research Methods

    4. 5.4Placing Current Systems within a Biotechnical and Socio-economic Framework

    5. 5.5Challenges and Lock-Ins to Current Agricultural Systems

    6. 5.6Conclusions

  11. 6Resilience of Dairy Farming in Flanders: Past, Current and Future

    Isabeau Coopmans, Erwin Wauters, Jo Bijttebier and Erik Mathijs

    1. 6.1Introduction

    2. 6.2The Dynamics and Growth in the Sector Are Both a Sign of and a Challenge for Resilience

    3. 6.3Social Capital as a Robustness-Increasing Asset of the Farming System

    4. 6.4Public and Private Functions of the Farming System: Search for Balance

    5. 6.5Resilience: More Than Robustness – What Can Policies Do?

    6. 6.6Conclusion

  12. 7Resilience-Enhancing Strategies to Meet Future Challenges: The Case of Arable Farming in Northeast Bulgaria

    Mariya Peneva

    1. 7.1Introduction

    2. 7.2The Case Study

    3. 7.3The Challenges

    4. 7.4The Coping Efforts for Current Resilience of Crop Production in Northeast Bulgaria

    5. 7.5Strategies for the Future Resilience of the Crop Farming System in Northeast Bulgaria

    6. 7.6Conclusions

  13. 8Historical Legacies and Current Challenges for the Future Resilience of the Farming System in the Altmark

    Franziska Appel, Anneke Meier and Franziska Ollendorf

    1. 8.1Introduction

    2. 8.2Structural Features of the Farming System

    3. 8.3Historical Circumstances That Have Shaped the Farming System

    4. 8.4Characteristics and Associated Challenges of the Farming System

    5. 8.5Impact of the Challenges on Essential System Functions

    6. 8.6Resilience Capacities and Attributes of the Farming System

    7. 8.7Future Strategies to Enhance Resilience of the Farming System

    8. 8.8Conclusion

  14. 9Opportunities to Improve the Resilience of Extensive Sheep Farming in Huesca (Spain)

    Bárbara Soriano, Alberto Garrido, Carolina San Martín, Daniele Bertolozzi-Caredio and Isabel Bardají

    1. 9.1The Extensive Sheep Sector in Huesca

    2. 9.2Why Has the Extensive Sector Showed a Low Resilience Capacity in the Past?

    3. 9.3It Is Time for Extensive Sheep Farming to Transition

    4. 9.4Final Remarks: Lessons Learnt from the Past to Foster Future Resilience

  15. 10Thinking Outside the Box in the Bourbonnais: Transforming the Value Chain and Conserving the Landscape

    Francesco Accatino, Christèle Pineau, Corentin Pinsard, Delphine Neumeister and François Léger

    1. 10.1Introduction

    2. 10.2Beef Production in a Beautiful Landscape: Where Is the Trade-Off?

    3. 10.3Coping with Challenges: Maintaining the Status Quo versus Adapting

    4. 10.4Pressure from the Society: A Source of Stress and a Trigger for Transformation

    5. 10.5Transformation Strategies for Maintaining Tradition and the Natural Landscape

    6. 10.6Conclusions

  16. 11The Resilience of a Farming System at Crossroads between Intensification and Environmental Sustainability: The Hazelnut Case in Viterbo (Italy)

    Simone Severini, Saverio Senni, Alessandro Sorrentino, Cinzia Zinnanti, and Federico Antonioli

    1. 11.1Introduction

    2. 11.2Exploring the Current State of the Resilience of the FS

    3. 11.3Exploring the Future State of Resilience

    4. 11.4Strategies towards the Future

    5. 11.5Conclusions

  17. 12Realising Transformation in Response to Future Challenges: The Case of an Intensive Arable Farming System in the Veenkoloniën, the Netherlands

    Alisa Spiegel, Pytrik Reidsma, Yannick Buitenhuis, Thomas Slijper, Wim Paas, Yann de Mey, Peter H. Feindt, Jeroen Candel, P. Marijn Poortvliet and Miranda P. M. Meuwissen

    1. 12.1Introduction

    2. 12.2Sources of Resilience in the Past

    3. 12.3Resilience in the Past Is No Guarantee for the Future

    4. 12.4Opportunities and Strategies for a More Resilient System in the Future

    5. 12.5Conclusion

  18. 13Accelerated Adaptability in Pursuit of Future Alternative Systems: The Case of Family, Fruit and Vegetable Farming System in Central-Eastern Poland

    Katarzyna Zawalińska and Piotr Gradziuk

    1. 13.1Introduction

    2. 13.2From Past to Current Resilience

    3. 13.3Resilience Strategies for the Future

    4. 13.4Conclusion: Lessons Learnt

  19. 14Towards a Better Understanding of Small Farming System Resilience in Romania

    Camelia Gavrilescu and Monica-Mihaela Tudor

    1. 14.1Introduction

    2. 14.2Current State of Resilience

    3. 14.3Future State of Resilience

    4. 14.4Conclusions

  20. 15Adaptability of the High-Value Egg and Broiler Production in Sweden

    Gordana Manevska-Tasevska, Jens Rommel and Helena Hansson

    1. 15.1Introduction

    2. 15.2Synthesis of Results

    3. 15.3Concluding Remarks

  21. 16Managing Risks to Improve the Resilience of Arable Farming in the East of England

    Mauro Vigani, Julie Urquhart, Damian Maye, Phillipa Nicholas-Davies, Jasmine E. Black, Amr Khafagy, Robert Berry and Paul Courtney

    1. 16.1Introduction

    2. 16.2Risks, Challenges and Their Management

    3. 16.3Knowledge Networks and Learning

    4. 16.4Conclusions and Lessons Learnt

  22. 17Integrated Assessment of the Sustainability and Resilience of Farming Systems: Lessons from the Past and Ways Forward for the Future

    Francesco Accatino, Wim Paas, Hugo Herrera, Corentin Pinsard, Simone Severini, Franziska Appel, Birgit Kopainsky, Katarzyna Bańkowska, Jo Bijttebier, Camelia Gavrilescu, Amr Khafagy, Vitaliy Krupin, Gordana Manevska-Tasevska, Franziska Ollendorf, Mariya Peneva, Carolina San Martín, Cinzia Zinnanti and Pytrik Reidsma

    1. 17.1Introduction

    2. 17.2Contribution of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods to Resilience Assessment

    3. 17.3Challenges of Farming Systems

    4. 17.4Functions of Farming Systems

    5. 17.5Generic Resilience in Farming Systems

    6. 17.6Link among Functions and Resilience Attributes with System Dynamics

    7. 17.7Insights from the Integrated Resilience Assessment of Current and Future Systems

    8. 17.8Improving the Sustainability and Resilience of European Farming Systems

    9. 17.9Conclusion

  23. 18A Resilience-Enabling Environment for Farming Systems: Patterns and Principles

    Erik Mathijs, Jo Bijttebier, Francesco Accatino, Peter H. Feindt, Camelia Gavrilescu, Gordana Manevska-Tasevska, Miranda P. M. Meuwissen, Franziska Ollendorf, Mariya Peneva, Carolina San Martín, Simone Severini, Alisa Spiegel, Mauro Vigani, Katarzyna Zawalińska and Erwin Wauters

    1. 18.1Introduction

    2. 18.2Methodology

    3. 18.3Patterns in the Enabling Environment

    4. 18.4Guiding Principles to Create a Resilience-Enabling Environment for Farming Systems

    5. 18.5From Principles to Recommendations

  24. 19Lessons Learned on Resilience from a Multi-scale Co-creation Methodology: From Regional to European Scale

    Bárbara Soriano, Isabel Bardají, Yannick Buitenhuis, Daniele Bertolozzi-Caredio, Jeroen Candel, Peter H. Feindt, Miranda P. M. Meuwissen, Wim Paas, Pytrik Reidsma, Carolina San Martín, Thomas Slijper, Alisa Spiegel and Alberto Garrido

    1. 19.1Introduction

    2. 19.2Multi-scale Co-creation Methodology

    3. 19.3(Mis)matches in the Stakeholders’ Perception about Current Resilience and Resilience in the Future

    4. 19.4Conclusions

  25. 20Understanding and Addressing the Resilience Crisis of Europe’s Farming Systems: A Synthesis of the Findings from the SURE-Farm Project

    Peter H. Feindt, Miranda P. M. Meuwissen, Alfons Balmann, Robert Finger, Erik Mathijs, Wim Paas, Bárbara Soriano, Alisa Spiegel, Julie Urquhart and Pytrik Reidsma

    1. 20.1Introduction

    2. 20.2Seven Lessons Learned on the Resilience Framework

    3. 20.3The Crisis of Europe’s Farming Systems from a Resilience Perspective

    4. 20.4Resilience-Enabling Strategies

    5. 20.5Reflections and Outlook

  26. Index

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