In recent years, climate change has put farmers under increasing pressure. Rising temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns have caused floods, wild fires, thunderstorms and other extreme events. A report by the World Bank shows that in Romania the climate risk is one of the highest in the EU Member States, causing over 30% of crop losses every year, and affecting almost all the Romanian regions.
In a sector so dependent on meteorological conditions, climate risks cause the largest losses to small farmers in Romania, who are often unable to recover after unpredictable events, especially when their income comes exclusively from farming. Efficient management of extreme weather events is of major importance for agricultural production in Romania. Speeding up the transition towards a low carbon green economy, as well as improving the evaluation and prediction of the impact of climate change, are necessary if Romanian agriculture is to tackle climate change.
What are the Commission’s recommendations for modernising Romanian agriculture and introducing protection measures against climate change?