A European strategy to tackle the great challenges of agriculture and food security under climate change

7 Dec 2012

The Strategic Research Agenda of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) sets out the strategic priorities for trans-disciplinary and innovative European research on agriculture, food security and climate change and provides a framework for the alignment of existing programmes and joint research efforts to achieve the twin objectives of food security and combating climate change.

The FACCE-JPI Strategic Research Agenda launched today is the result of a dialogue between high-level international scientists and stakeholders. It sets out five core research themes reflecting the key challenges to be tackled by FACCE-JPI: (i) Sustainable food security under climate change, (ii) Environmentally sustainable growth and intensification of agriculture, (iii) Trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services, (iv) Adaptation to climate change, and (v) Mitigation of climate change.

The Strategic Agenda defines short, medium and long-term research priorities and sets out joint actions for each of these core themes. It aims to reinforce infrastructures and platforms, training and capacity building in Europe and knowledge exchange. It also foresees evaluation and monitoring of its activities. The implementation of the joint research priorities has already begun with the FACCE MACSUR Knowledge Hub on the “Modelling of the Impacts of Climate Change”. A second joint action, an international call on greenhouse gas mitigation in collaboration with non EU-countries, is planned for early 2013.

FACCE-JPI launched in 2010

FACCE-JPI was launched by the European Council in October 2010. It brings together 21 European and associated countries engaged to enhance European research capacity for facing the challenge of producing food – as well as feed, fibre and biofuels for an increasing population in the context of changing climate. By aligning national research programmes, FACCE-JPI aims to reduce duplication, cover gaps and create European-level synergy and critical mass in these areas and to maximise the efficiency of research funding. The Strategic Research Agenda, designed as a research and innovation roadmap, will steer FACCE-JPI activities for the future.

More information is available on the FACCE-JPI website

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