Agriculture is an important pillar in the Dutch economy and an important public factor. Climate change can have big consequences for the agricultural sector, not only because of changing weather conditions for crops, but also for the pests and diseases, demand for other crops (biomass), risks for farm management (harvest opportunities) and farm continuity (energy supply).
For public institutions it is also important to have and insight in investments (e.g. water management) that are necessary to maintain the position of the agricultural sector in The Netherlands in the long run while dealing with climate change effects. The agricultural sector is not only important for economic functions such as the production and export of food products but it is also an important land use and it provides public and ecological services. Thus, the effects of climate change on the agricultural sector are important for optimal adaptation.