Zero hunger, WURSustainable development goal

13. Climate action

Global warming has caused a discernible effect on physical and biological systems.

There are many examples of plant and animal species that have spread across the Netherlands or have withdrawn themselves. Risks of agricultural damage by flooding, drought and / or insect damage may increase. Also, effects of temperature increase are visible, for example in the city (heat island effect).

Our goal: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Examples of WUR projects

Climate smart coffee

Coffee cultivation in Colombia is suffering from climate change. Due to droughts, heavy rains and erosion harvests lag behind and uncertainty about the incomes of half a million small farmers prevails. With the help of climate scenarios they are developing early warning systems for the right time for coffee to be planted, fertilized and checked for diseases, and systems for ground cover against soil running dry or improving drainage during heavy rains.

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Climate-Smart Agriculture

Agriculture emits greenhouse gasses and therefore contributes to climate change, but agriculture and food security are also threatened by climate change. The growth of the world population and increase of income levels has resulted in a increased demand for food. Yet, this demand is increasing faster than ever before because the number of middle and high income people in the world is growing rapidly. Climate-Smart Agriculture addresses on the one hand the reduction of the environmental and climate impact of agricultural activity and on the other hand the development of food production methods and crops that are well adapted to changing weather condition.

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