Towards ’nature-inclusive' farming explained by prof. Hens Runhaar.

Published on
September 27, 2016
Last Thursday I held my inaugural address at Wageningen University and Research, titled "Towards ’nature-inclusive’ farming". I stated that nature conservation efforts by farmers should become less voluntary but also better rewarded. Agricultural conservation should also be a joint effort of farmers and governments as well as companies in the agri-food chains, banks and other stakeholders.
In my lecture I addressed three challenges in the governance towards more nature-inclusive farming: existing governance arrangements for nature conservation by farmers should be reinforced, shared meanings have to be developed about the aims for nature-inclusive farming, and other ways of knowledge production have to be organised, that better meet farmers’ knowledge needs and in which knowledge is co-produced by researchers, farmers, and other stakeholders.