AT-1 :: Soil and land management contribution to food security

In light of climate change and adaptation to new climatic conditions, land consumption is an urgent topic as it directly impacts food production. Soil and production conditions have to be considered, when area is assigned to different purposes. Land for food production has to compete with a whole range of other uses such as fodder production, raw material production, energy production, mobility and transport. Although the workshop participants urge to give food production the priority, the reality depicts a different picture.
Demand
• Does food security have to have the priority over other land use options?
• How much agricultural area is “lost” to reforestation?
Net impacts
• What are effective incentives to avoid building on prime agricultural land?
• How can the many part-time farmers in Austria be supported to maintain their small scale farms?