DAY 2 OF THE RISK & RESILIENCE ONLINE EVENT
HOW THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IS SEEKING COOPERATION AND INNOVATION TO MANAGE AND REPAIR CRISES IN TIME.
This coronavirus crisis has demonstrated the risks and vulnerabilities of the agricultural sector. For a moment, there were empty supermarkets, no foreign employees to harvest crops and a substantial drop in demand. It has become clear that the agricultural sector needs to review both its long international chains and the deployment of so many international workers. Moreover, some of the sales countries do not want to be dependent on Dutch products, with geopolitical factors causing them to want to set up their own national production processes. Finally, production will have to become more sustainable to avoid depleting the earth’s resources and triggering a cascade of crises.
The greenhouse horticulture sector has taken up this challenge by coming together to innovate. Technology will play a major role in this, to reduce energy and raw material inputs and to replace some of the labour input from Eastern Europe with robotisation. The speed of change will depend on the development of technology, the degree of climate change, and social and political discussions. A range of techniques and methods can be used to explore the future, including scenario analysis and road mapping. Many of these techniques are already being applied in the sector.