Capacity Development

Building and sharing the resilience case for ARM: PARM at EC/JRC Resilience Workshop


14-16 December 2017 – PARM Capacity Development Specialist attended the 2nd International Workshop on Modelling of Physical, Economic and Social Systems for Resilience Assessment organized by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in close collaboration with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), US Department of Commerce and the Colorado State University.

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The workshop, which took place in Ispra, Italy, aimed at building on the experiences gained from previous events on the high-level strategic needs and on the current scientific advances on modelling physical, economic and social systems. The goal was to explore how these systems are linked in order to support resilience assessment in various dimensions. Specifically, it aimed to bring together the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of resilience across different disciplines.

PARM Capacity Development Specialist attended the workshop and presented PARM’s business case for resilience in ARM. The presentation clearly testified PARM’s aim at protecting agricultural businesses, farmers, and government from the potential losses incurred to unpredictable events through the holistic ARM approach. It also outlined the five pillars for an ARM-proofed agricultural and rural development project. These pillars are; risk assessment and prioritization, tools identification and implementation, access to information and capacity building, and partnerships and policy integration and monitoring and evaluation.

The presentation concluded that a two-way relation exists between ARM and resilience: ARM practices aim to mitigate negative shocks and boost resilience and, at the same time, understanding resilience can contribute to building more grounded ARM strategies. PARM offers a platform to develop appropriate practices and policy solutions to assist stakeholders, in particular farmers and governments, in responding to the range of risks they face.

The full text of PARM’s resilience case for agricultural risk management is available on pages 21-36 of the workshop proceeding.