Agriculture is one of the important sectors in the transformation of the European economy and society towards a long-term sustainable future. European farmers will face several challenges in the future, as they continue to supply food and non-food products and at the same time, contribute to this transition. A webinar with Anne-Katrin Bock and Kostas Karantininis
The challenges are wide ranging and include: climate change, resource scarcity, infrastructural issues and changes in food demand/diet habits. The study ‘Farmers of the Future’ has explored who the farmers - that will be dealing with those challenges in the medium- to long-term future – to 2040 - will be.
In our conversation with Anne-Katrin Bock, co-author of the report we will be discussing the findings and the implications of this futuristic study.
Anne-Katrin Bock works as a policy analyst at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Brussels, at the Competence Centre on Foresight. She focusses on foresight as a tool to support strategic policy making. Recent work includes projects on the ‘Farmers of the Future’, on long-term scenarios for EU rural areas, and on the exploration of future challenges for food safety and nutrition. Before coming to Brussels, Anne-Katrin worked at the former JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Sevilla, Spain, analysing policy implications of emerging biotechnological developments in agriculture and health. Anne-Katrin is a biologist by training and holds a PhD in microbiology from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.