Workshop on Climate-smart Agriculture in Rotterdam

Program Date

21 Oct 25 Oct 2024

Program Location

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Program Venue

Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre

Registration & Payment Deadline

31 Aug 2024

Program Introduction

Agriculture is one of the very first industries heavily affected by climate change. Extreme weather events, changing rainfall patterns, rising temperatures, and a rapid spread of pests and diseases pose substantial challenges to the industry’s productivity and resilience. In addition, global population growth and increased urbanization only keep straining existing food systems. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) takes a multidimensional approach focusing on those systems and practices that can boost productivity and enhance food security while preserving natural resources and minimizing GHG emissions.

This workshop has been exclusively developed by Risalat to help its delegates capture synergies between climate risk mitigation, adaptation, and food security. The program in Rotterdam provides fundamental CSA knowledge and skills for those willing to undergo a transformation both within agricultural value chains and at different policy levels.

Target Audience

The program is aimed at:

  • Policymakers
  • The staff of Agriculture Ministries
  • Development practitioners
  • Development project/program planners and managers
  • Agriculture sectoral specialists
  • Those willing to transform traditional agricultural practices into climate-smart ones

Program Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this workshop, its delegates shall be able to:

  • Appreciate the role of climate-smart agriculture in mitigating the consequences of climate change
  • Establish linkages between climate change and food security and comprehend the need for enhancing sustainable production
  • Familiarize themselves with climate-smart applications in various agricultural domains
  • Integrate climate-smart thinking into agriculture policy planning and promote climate-smart transformation
  • Implement participatory approaches while designing the country’s agriculture development plans
  • Employ climate-smart thinking when creating sustainable agriculture development project plans

Program Contents

First Day

  • Climate change and its implications for the agriculture industry
  • How does the agriculture sector contribute to climate change?
  • Linking climate change and food security; The effects on different groups of society
  • Understanding climate-smart agriculture, its benefits, and objectives
  • Case studies highlighting the effects of climate change on different agricultural systems
  • Principles of climate-smart agriculture
  • Gender Issues in climate-smart Agriculture

Second Day

  • Climate-smart crop management – selection and diversification
  • Water resources management and irrigation techniques
  • Soil health management and conservation
  • Integrated pest management and disease control
  • Climate-smart livestock management – production, grazing, productivity improvement
  • Nutrition strategies to reduce emissions
  • Animal health and disease management

Third Day

  • Climate-smart farming – agroforestry and silvopasture
  • Conservation of agriculture and reduced tillage
  • Precision agriculture; Use of advanced technologies
  • Agroecological approaches
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting climate data
  • Applying climate forecasting in agriculture
  • Climate risk assessment; Risk mitigation and decision making

Fourth Day

  • Policy and financing of climate-smart agriculture
  • Promoting climate-smart transformation
  • Integration of climate change considerations into agricultural development plans
  • Participatory Approaches and stakeholder engagement
  • Mainstreaming CSA at various levels
  • Challenges and opportunities associated with CSA

Fifth Day 

The last day of the program will be entirely dedicated to application exercise, panel meetings, and discussions with the representatives of public bodies and commercial agroenterprises engaged with climate-smart agriculture. Program participants will have a unique opportunity to get involved in a dialogue on climate-smart transformation and learn about the best practices and challenges associated with the process.

Program Methodology

The program is centered on practical skills development and knowledge enhancement in selected CSA areas. The presentation, exercises, simulations, case studies, and discussion questions are explicitly tailored to those working on climate-smart applications of agricultural practices.

Proven adult-learning methodology and principles guide the entire process intending to maximize the effectiveness of the delivery and create a long-lasting impact. Practical exposure and panel discussions target the development of real-life capabilities essential to driving a broader transition to CSA practices.

Host Country Profile

The Netherlands has climate-smart and sustainable farming high on its national agenda. The country has been playing a key role in searching for and developing innovative CSA technologies. The Dutch approach includes intensive cooperation between the private sector, scientific institutes, and the government. For decades, they have been at the forefront of agriculture as innovators, producers, and exporters of knowledge, technology, and food.

Innovations in arable farming, livestock farming, and aquaculture cover many subjects. These include smart farming using IoT, Big Data, AI, and robotics. Through tech applications, many enterprises have managed to increase yields, enhance animal welfare, and improve food quality and security, in addition to lowering the overall cost and ecological footprint of the agriculture sector.

Program Fee

Payment Options

Fee Covers

  • Visa Assistance (complimentary)

  • Participant Assessment

  • Airport Pickup

  • Accommodation

  • Wi-Fi

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Breakfast

  • Workshop Kit

  • Program Materials

  • Program Experts

  • Practical Activities

  • Lunch

  • Refreshments

  • Interactive workshop

  • City Map & Direction

  • Risalat T-shirt (complimentary)

  • Field Visit

  • Program Certificate

  • Entertaining Tour

  • Program Report