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Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI)


Initiator: European Council

The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) brings together 21 countries who are committed to building an integrated European Research Area addressing the interconnected challenges of sustainable agriculture, food security and impacts of climate change. FACCE-JPI provides and steers research to support sustainable agricultural production and economic growth, to contribute to a European bio-based economy, while maintaining and restoring ecosystem services under current and future climate change. It aims to do so with a strong transdisciplinary research base, encompassing economic and social aspects in addition to scientific ones, and with a creative approach towards the alignment of national programmes and the input of multiple actors and stakeholders.

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Field of research:

Adaptation to climate change

Sub-fields of research:

Integrated food systems and the bioeconomy perspective, combining biophysical and socio-economic modeling with policy research perspective

Integrated risk analysis of the European agriculture (and food systems) under climate change: test responses to volatility both from natural and market phenomena

Global change impact and resilience of food systems (through the value chain and to the consumer)

Europe’s role in international markets, price volatility, global food security impacts

Develop contrasted scenarios involving perceptions and policy dialogue

Combine observations, experiments and modeling through the development of appropriate European research infrastructures

Field of research:

Sustainable food security under climate change

Sub-fields of research:

Providing new approaches for improving farm management and for the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems, but also for low-input high nature value systems in Europe under current and future climate and resource availability

Understanding recent yield trends in Europe, taking into account changes in costs and prices and research investments as well as changes in environment, management and genotypes

Benchmarking efficiencies of resource use (water, land, nitrogen, energy) according to Genotype x Environment (including climate) x Management combinations across Europe

Assessing and raising biological resource use efficiency of crop and livestock systems; increasing total factor productivity

Combining crop, livestock and bioenergy systems for sustainable intensification

Low input, higher efficiency seeds and breeds

Knowledge based IT innovations in agriculture

Improved understanding and control of soil functioning and biotic interactions at field to landscape scales

Field of research:

Assessing and reducing trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services

Sub-fields of research:

Providing new approaches to the increased use of functional biodiversity in agricultural systems (e.g. intercropping, mixtures, conservation agriculture...)

Developing methods for assessing and valuing biodiversity and ecosystem goods and services (e.g. carbon sequestration, water storage...) in intensive agricultural systems

Developing approaches for optimising the trade-off between agriculture and ecosystem services in a variable environment (climate change, volatility...) and at farm scale and landscape scale

Developing a solid knowledge basis for the provision of public goods by European agriculture, so that ecosystem services are delivered efficiently and effectively

Field of research:

Environmentally sustainable growth and intensification of agriculture

Sub-fields of research:

Adaptation to climate change and increased climatic variability throughout the whole food chain, including market repercussions

Tailoring adapted regional production systems under climate change

Adapting seeds and breeds through conventional breeding and biotechnology to new combinations of environment and management: e.g. abiotic stresses, elevated CO2

Monitoring pests and diseases and developing climate-informed crop and animal protection

Adaptive water management in agriculture, watershed management, flood management, irrigation technologies, water re-use

Adapting food processing and retailing, markets and institutions to increased climatic variability and climatic change

Field of research:

Mitigation of climate change

Sub-fields of research:

Contributing to direct reductions of GHG emissions through carbon sequestration, substitution of fossil-based energy and products, and mitigation of N2O and CH4 emissions by the agriculture and forestry sector, while reducing GHG emissions associated with

Developing monitoring and verification methodologies of field, animal and farm scale GHG budgets, including, or not, indirect land use and cradle to grave life cycle

Developing verifiable GHG mitigation and carbon sequestration measures in farming systems

Developing technologies and methods to substitute fossil-fuel energy through increased use of biomass and other renewable energies in the agriculture sector without jeopardising food security

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