FOSC

Core Theme 1: Sustainable food security under climate change

Instrument: ERA-NET Cofund

Full title: ERA-NET Cofund on Food Systems & Climate Change

Start-end date: 2019-2023

A sustainable and climate-resilient agri-food system

The current global food production and consumption patterns are not sustainable. There is plenty of room for improvement in the global food systems not only from an environmental point of view but also from an social and economic perspective. However, food systems are complex in many different levels (social, environmental, and economic) and this is why a holistic approach is required to address issues related to sustainability and resilience. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a sustainable food system is one that addresses all three dimensions of sustainability i.e. it is commercially or fiscally viable, economically equitable, socially responsible, and environmentally benign or, even better, beneficial for the environment. Consequently, the involvement of diverse stakeholders is necessary for developing a joint vision and strategy while a multi-disciplinary approach is required for identifying synergies and trade-offs between the three dimensions of sustainability.

A new ERA-NET Cofund 

FOSC is a new ERA-NET Cofund where partners from Europe, Africa, and South America will come together to explore the development of resilient regional food systems with a global perspective in a changing climate. The aim of FOSC is to contribute to the creation of a strong and effective transnational research and innovation network for the better coordination and synergy of national, international, and European research projects that are relevant to food security under climate change. The focus of the research will be on assessing the sustainability and resilience of regional food systems within a global perspective. The research projects are expected to be selected and start their work in the beginning of 2020.


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A sustainable and climate-resilient agri-food system

The agri-food sector must be more efficient and sustainable, take advantage of new technological developments, and become more transparent and responsive to consumer demands, within a food-system approach.

Price volatility

These requirements are central in a new programme on Climate Change and Food Systems (2019-2023). The programme is an ERA-NET Cofund in which FACCE-JPI will play a stimulating role. Research groups will be asked to develop climate-resilient and sustainable value chains, with a focus on the socio-economic impacts of climate change, price volatility and the access of consumers to nutritious foodstuff. Complementarity with SUSFOOD2 ERA-NET will be ensured throughout the project development stages.


More actions
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Impacts on climate change - Improving scenario studies
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No more waste in the new bioeconomy
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Nature-friendly farming
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Nutrition security requires a system approach
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Improving policy interventions to ensure food and nutrition security
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Precision agriculture requires co-creation in networks
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Novel techniques in crop breeding and livestock
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Improving agricultural soil management
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Adaption of agriculture systems
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Sustainable crop systems that require fewer chemicals
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Combatting water shortages and pollution
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Connecting Research to Policy and Practice
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Translation of key scientific results into possible policy and practice options or other outputs
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Development of options for sustainable intensification of European crop and livestock systems
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Monitoring and mitigating of greenhouse gases
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Reducing agricultural GHG emissions is a challenge
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Urban farms have enormous potential to increase (urban) food security
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State-of-the-art technologies for mapping and soil sampling