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

22nd Jan 2013

The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE JPI) Strategic Research Agenda has been launched following dialogue between high-level international scientists and stakeholders.

It sets out five core research themes reflecting the key challenges to be tackled:

Sustainable food security under climate change

Environmentally sustainable growth and intensification of agriculture

Trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services

Adaptation to climate change

Mitigation of 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 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.

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