Ag industry discusses keys to adapting to climate change

June 21 , 2019

Over the last few days, the third of Hortifruit’s innovation and technology fairs was held in Chile, facilitating discussions of some of the most important advances for the agricultural industry.

One of the topics that stood out during the two-day event was how the agricultural industry could adapt to climate change. A significant consideration was how to use water and technologies most effectively to allow for more efficient processes.

Marjorie Menard, agronomist specialized in water and environmental management, spoke about how the agricultural industry should adapt to that challenge.

The speaker, who is also certified as an expert in financing for climate change by the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, highlighted four key approaches to face the new climate scenario.

First, she indicated that companies linked to agriculture should identify the climatic threats that affect the value chain, and then focus on knowing the risks and opportunities that this can represent.

Taking these two elements into account, the expert said that companies should incorporate measures of adaptation to these risks and opportunities to give them priority.

On the other hand, Menard said that it is key that all levels of the company incorporate these measures and consider them in their workflows.

Likewise, it is necessary to seek alliances with some relevant actors in the matter, in terms of research, public agencies, and the financial sector among others, she pointed out.

Moreover, Menard stated that the contribution of the private sector to adapt to climate change is key, and incorporated this as a crucial element in future strategies.

Finally, the expert said that climate change can ignite the process of creating new and innovative opportunities.

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