Resilient and Sustainable Farming Systems in Europe
What exactly is resilience and how can it be enhanced? Farming systems in Europe are rapidly evolving while at the same time being under threat, as seen by the disappearance of dozens of farms every day. Farming systems must become more resilient in response to growing economic, environmental, institutional, and social challenges facing Europe’s agriculture. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for enhanced resilience has become even more apparent and continues to be an overarching guiding principle of EU policy-making. Resilience challenges and strategies are framed within four main processes affecting decision-making in agriculture: risk management, farm demographics, governance and agricultural practices. This empirical focus looks at very diverse contexts, with eleven case studies from Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden. This study will help determine the future and sustainability of European farming systems. This title is available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.
Miranda P. M. Meuwissen is Professor of Risk Management and Resilience in Food Supply Chains in the Business Economics Group at Wageningen University & Research.
Peter H. Feindt is Professor of Agricultural and Food Policy at the Thaer Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Alberto Garrido is Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics and Vice-Rector of Quality and Efficiency at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Erik Mathijs is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at KU Leuven.
Bárbara Soriano is Assistant Professor in Agricultural Economics at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Julie Urquhart is Associate Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Countryside & Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire.
Alisa Spiegel is a postdoc in the Business Economics Group at Wageningen University & Research.