Saline Farming - Innovative agriculture to protect the environment and stimulate economic growth
Climate change is a global challenge that will have a major impact on the North Sea Region, affecting coastal areas in a variety of ways. The SalFar project focuses on the degradation of farmland due to salinization. The main driver for increased salinization in the North Sea Region is the continuous rise in sea level. Sea level rise leads to increased seepage of seawater, a higher risk of flooding, pushes seawater further inland and in time will lead to ever-increasing salinization of farmland in the North Sea Region as well as in other parts of the world. Without adequate countermeasures, this will lead to loss of food production capability and severe damage to coastal economies.
Through close collaboration with a multidisciplinary partnership consisting of climate experts, researchers, educators, farmers, entrepreneurs and policymakers, the SalFar project aims to contribute to the mitigation of the effects of salinization.
SalFar will accomplish this by setting up open field labs around the North Sea, doing scientific research on the salt tolerance of various crops, demonstrating alternative methods of farming under saline conditions and creating new business opportunities for farmers, food producers, and entrepreneurs.
Saline Agriculture Knowledge Centre
The Knowledge Centre on Saline Agriculture was established in 2018 by the Salt Farm Foundation, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
The Salt Farm Foundation is focussed on the (open source) sharing of knowledge and solutions regarding saline agriculture with farmers worldwide. By creating an international Knowledge Centre on Saline Agriculture, it supports the aim of the Dutch Ministry- to increase global food security and more effective water management- through the export of Dutch knowledge and technology.
The Knowledge Centre on Saline Agriculture will act as a one-stop resource centre for everything related to saline agriculture. Not just for farmers, but for NGO’s, students and scientists as well. Relevant information on saline agriculture, scientific publications along with training modules - online or on site- will be available on this platform.