Managing Climate Resilience Business Game

Managing Climate Resilience Business Game is a highly interactive training for smallholder farmers, emerging farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs who are experiencing climate change and want to increase the resilience of their businesses. 

Up to 25 people can take part in this three-day training. They are guided by experienced trainers. The target group of this game mainly includes owners of (small) farms or people working in agricultural value chains. Anyone interested in learning how to maintain their economic capacities in the face of changing climate conditions is welcome. 

Objectives of the interactive trainings 

  • To raise awareness that climate change is a real social and economic problem that will also affect personal economic performance and one's own future.
  • To spread the awareness that although climate change cannot be stopped by individuals, each individual can contribute to alleviating it through their actions.
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of different climate change adaptation strategies.
  • Develop an understanding of which operational measures and investments are appropriate for the specific circumstances.
  • Become familiar with funding opportunities and how to access them, and understand the methods of accessing or obtaining appropriate funding.
  • Understand the need for ongoing risk management and be able to design an action plan.

The experience-based learning approach 

The Managing Climate Resilience Business Game aims to raise awareness of climate change adaptation and the importance of risk management through an experience-based approach. 

The learning process is characterized by four phases: 

  • The participants are divided into small groups, each group takes over the management of a farm, makes business decisions, and receives insights into opportunities and challenges of adaptation to the consequences of climate change (Do - active action).
  • The participants receive feedback and reflect their progress within the simulation as well as their own actions (Reflect).
  • The participants apply their newly acquired knowledge during the training (Apply).
  • In transfer sessions, the simulation encourages the participants to implement their newly acquired skills in their business practice (Implement).

Lessons learned 

  • Risk management and information management procedures implemented at farm level for long-term planning reliability and mitigation of impacts of Climate Change
  • Understanding the specific roles of various stakeholders such as customers, neighboring farmers, financial institutions as well as agricultural workers.
  • To learn management practices for adapting to climate change through sound agricultural investments and informed farming practices.
  • Understand the role of different business stakeholders like customers, neighboring farmers, financial institutions and staff on the farm.
  • React to unexpected events and risks, take precautions against them and plan necessary measures, both in the financial and the non-financial sphere.
  • Together with experienced trainers, complex situations are broken down, decision options and best solutions are actively discussed in groups and set against real business practice.

Business Games: A core module of knowledge transfer in financial institutions and universities 

Vast demand and strong experience in many countries around the world as well as the positive feedback from highly satisfied participants are convincing proof of the success and the added value of the Business Games. 

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