Resilient livestock farming

Pressures on Dutch pork production are multiplying, rendering the system increasingly difficult to gauge. The Respork project analyses the system as a Complex Adaptive System. It models the relevant dynamics at multiple levels and explores their interaction. It starts at the foundation, i.e., the farm level and the interaction between pigs and their environment. Moving to the sector level, it models the interaction between farmers. And at the society level, it looks at the interaction between institutional parties. Agent-based simulation allows us to evaluate the effects of inter-agent diversity, while the multi-level approach facilitates understanding of how the intervention strategies of the various agents intersect.