FACCE ERA-NET Plus
Core Theme 4: Climate Change Adaptation
Instrument: ERA-NET Plus
Full title: FACCE ERA-NET Plus on Climate Smart Agriculture
Start-end date: Oct. 2013 - Sept 2018
Website: FACCE ERA-NET Plus
Adaption of agriculture systems
100 research groups across Europe
A growing population, increased affluence, urbanisation, limited resources (water, soil...) and climate change are among the main factors contributing to increasing global food insecurity. The transnational joint call ‘Climate Smart Agriculture: Adaption of agriculture systems in Europe’, organised under FACCE ERA-NET Plus in 2014 contributes to the achievement of sustainable development goals.
The available budget (18 million euro) came from 22 national funding organisations and was co-funded by the European Commission. This ERA-NET Plus was one of FACCE’s first actions. The result of the programme, which ran until September 2018, is that more than 100 research groups across Europe have now jointly evaluated and improved all sorts of adaptations across Europe.
No-till soybean cropping
Adaptations evaluated include the introduction of no-till soybean cropping and decision support tools, better cooling of naturally ventilated barns, and drought tolerant ryegrass. The researchers also calculated scenarios.
For example: What would be the yield of wheat in different countries after ten or fifty years under climate change conditions? How will the organic matter balance in the soil improve when Swiss, German or Italian farmers start using compost? How much carbon sequestration can you then expect? How many additional labour hours are needed? By combining forces in this joint call, the funding organizations and project partners have avoided unwanted fragmentation and improved effectiveness.