Core Theme 2: Sustainable intensification of agriculture
Instrument: ERA-NET Cofund
Full title: ERA-NET Cofund on Sustainable Crop Production
Sustainable crop systems that require fewer chemicals
The crop systems of the 21st century not only be more productive, but also more sustainable and resilient, with less need for chemicals, energy and water. They should also address the high quality requirements of the processing companies, retailers and consumers, reduce waste, and where possible, deliver ecosystem services such as healthy soils.
In order to tackle so many challenges, 23 funding organizations from 18 countries were brought together to establish and run a research programme ‘Sustainable Crop Production’. The programme will be co-funded by the EU. European research groups were able to send proposals to ERA-NET Cofund SusCrop until 31 August 2018. The total indicative funding for the Call is 17.2 million euro.
Resilient and healthy
The proposals, which will be selected at the end of the year, had to meet at least one of the following requirements: the researchers are developing breeding methods that lead to healthier and more resilient crop varieties; they are developing integrated pest and crop management methods; they are improving the resource-use efficiency of their crop systems, or they are conducting systemic research on the crops as part of an ecosystem.
Harmonizing data collection
This new SusCrop programme contributes in various ways to the alignment of national agricultural research. The programme will implement projects that are funded not only by the EC, but also by national and regional programmes, SusCrop will also organize additional activities that, contribute, among other things, to harmonizing data collection on sustainable cropping, to jointly improving the models, and to jointly developing indices of sustainability at different levels (e.g. field, farm and landscape).
SusCrop builds on the results achieved in MACSUR and FACCE SURPLUS.