California and the Netherlands will hold a Climate Smart Agriculture Seminar on November 29 to discuss the challenges that prolonged drought and water quality create in the agricultural sector.

Read the white papers and program for the seminar.

Representatives from the academic, research, government, private, and public sectors from the Netherlands and California will talk about the need for smart, innovative, and sustainable approaches and solutions at various scales: from plot level to a complete watershed.

Optimal management of land and water resources is conditional for a sustainable agricultural production system that has a long-term profitability.

Therefore, working consistently at various scales is of key importance to optimize agricultural production and improve the resource efficiency (water and nutrients) and resilience of agricultural production systems in light of (extreme) climate variability and change.

Seminar goals

The seminar follows up on the December 10, 2015, Letter of Intent signed by Secretary Karen Ross of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and Vice Minister Martijn van Dam of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands.

The Letter of Intent pledges cooperation between California and the Netherlands on shared agricultural issues and strengthening the mutually beneficial partnership. The objectives of the seminar are to:

  • expand and strengthen the Californian-Netherlands relationship on the topic of climate smart agriculture to tackle current and foreseen challenges together;
  • share the Dutch-California joint expertise in the field of “integrated land, water and nutrient management for agricultural production from plot to watershed scale”;
  • and identify tangible project opportunities between Californian and Dutch parties for future collaboration.

The seminar is co-organized by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Department of Water Resources, and UC Davis World Food Center.

If you would like to attend the seminar, and have not received an invitation, please email