Chapter 1: Rural Farming (Part 1)

Building Climate Resilience I Rural Farming in Finland I RESIST

Martti Hyssälä remembers the summers of his childhood being much rainier than they are today. Now at the helm of his family farm Southwest Finland, he faces a different reality as climate change brings longer and hotter dry seasons and milder, rainier winters that are forcing him to make changes to the way he farms. These changes range from his use of fertilizers to the kind of crops he plants and how he plants them.

In this first chapter of RESIST’s Building Climate Resilience series from Southwest Finland, we take a look at how rural areas are coping with a palpable change in climate in an area commonly referred to as Finland’s granary due to the importance of its agriculture. It is an area that needs to respond to increased drought, flooding and erosion.