“Pathways for drought resilient agroecological systems”

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Date(s) - 21/06/2021
19:30 - 21:00


We’re happy to announce that on the first day of summer, 21st of June, Boerengroep is co-organizing a webinar on agroecological solutions for drought together with Agroecology Europe! The webinar will be live-streamed on the Facebook page of Agroecology Europe, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/AgroecologyEurope
By longer and frequent heat waves and more sporadic and intense rainfall, we will need to produce food on much dryer land in the future. In different parts of the world, agricultural land has been becoming increasingly dry. In this webinar we want to explore how we can create drought resilient cropping systems. How do we make crops more resiient to drought, while keeping in mind the agroecological principles? We are happy to present two speakers who will talk about an idea that provides a solution, from two different perspectives, specifically from a crop and crop combination perspective and from a broad landscape perspective. After the talks by Joost Sleiderink from Louis Bolk Institute and Silvia Quarta from Ecosystem Restoration Camp Altiplano, we will dive into the discussion and talk about the differences in vision and how to combine or select the right solutions.
Joost Sleiderink is a Wageningen University alumnus and now works at the Louis Bolk Institute as a Junior Researcher Sustainable Livestock Farming and Agrobiodiversity. As part of his Master in Agroecology he did research on ‘’Deep rooting and Perennial grain crops’’ in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen. This is the topic he will discuss with us in the relation to intercropping as a way of coping with drought.
Silvia Quarta studied Environmental Sciences in Wageningen and then moved to Spain to work in different restoration projects. She spent a year at Sunseed Desert Technologies working with native species for reforestation in drylands, and has been now working at Camp Altiplano for more than a year. She will talk about what they did to restore the soil and combat drought, from a more landscape-perspective.