The E3CI Index as a key tool for the development of “Life ADA (Adaptation in Agriculture)”, a project dedicated to resilience to climate change in the agrifood sector

“The climate changes, agriculture reacts”, this is the slogan with which the ambitious project “Life ADA (Adaptation in Agriculture)” presents its aims: to provide agrifood businesses in the various regions of Italy with useful tools for understanding the tangible effects climate change has on their business. To achieve this, it relies on the fundamental contribution of the E3CI (European Extreme Events Climate Index), the Index created with the contribution of the IFAB, Leithà Unipol and the CMCC, which studies the impacts of extreme climatic events in order to understand them, measure them and predict their scope.

Conceived to increase the resilience of the entire Italian agrifood sector, the project offers companies an innovative digital tool – the ADA Tool web app – that allows them to:

  • increase user awareness regarding climate change and its impact on meteorological scenarios
  • discover the dangers a farm is exposed to in terms of potential extreme events (wind, drought, hail, late frosts)
  • raise awareness of the preventive measures to be taken to manage and plan agricultural operations

By implementing the E3CI index, the ADA Tool web app allows agrifood sector operators to significantly improve their decision-making processes regarding the measures to be adopted to deal with climatic risks and avoid damage to production, with a vision that addresses productive efficiency in the name of resilience.

The project – which is currently implemented on an experimental basis in the Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Tuscany and Lazio regions, involving 6,000 farmers – is coordinated by Unipolsai Assicurazioni S.p.A., funded by the European Union and conducted thanks to the contributions of Arpae Emilia-Romagna, CIA – Agricoltori Italiani, CREA-PB, Festambiente (Legambiente), Legacoop Agroalimentare Nord Italia, Leithà Unipol and Emilia-Romagna Regional Authority. For further information, visit