Preparatory action to boost global crop yield for food & nutrition security and fueling bioeconomy (CropBooster-P)
Project code: JKI-SG-08-2228
Contract period: 01.11.2018 - 31.10.2021
Purpose of research: Demonstration
Increasing global crop productivity will be central in meeting some of the greatest challenges facing humankind. How will we sustainably feed 9.7billion people by 2050, while realizing the required transition from a fossil economy towards a bioeconomy in order to mitigate and possibly reverse the effects of global climate change? Additionally, how can we provide new crops cultivars adapted to the constraints imposed across vast areas by climate change? A doubling of global crop productivity is required to produce enough plant biomass to achieve food and nutrition security, as well as to meet the demands of a future bioeconomy. This increase in crop production must be achieved without any loss of nutritional quality to achieve full Food Security and to satisfy the nutritional aspects of a healthy diet. In addition, future agriculture will require crops that combine sustainability, efficiently using scarce resources like minerals and water and preserving Earth's biodiversity, with a high resilience to adverse climate conditions. In order to meet these challenging demands, our current crop plants will have to be redesigned and a future proof profiling is urgently needed. With a multitude of possible crops and genetic changes, combined with multiple environmental changes, policy and societal challenges, progress could be mired by a seemingly impenetrable complexity. CropBooster-P will address this by identifying priorities and opportunities to adapting and boosting productivity to the environmental and societal changes. Our objective is to produce a quantitative evaluation of the most promising practical approaches to be enacted from 2021 to achieve a sustainable food supply in the future.