Core Theme 2: Sustainable intensification of agriculture
Instrument: European Joint Programming (EJP) Cofund
Full title: European Joint Programme Cofund on Agricultural Soil Management
Start-end date: in preparation
Improving agricultural soil management
Worldwide, fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24bn tons a year, according to the United Nations backed Global Land Outlook (2017). Causes include salination (due to irrigation), too heavy machines on the fields, acidification (due to excessive use of fertilizers), depletion and erosion. Research groups and farmers have developed a number of good soil management practices to deal with some of these challenges, however, serious knowledge gaps exist. Various European regions lack accessible online soil maps that can give farmers and policymakers enough information.
European and national funds
To close the knowledge gaps, and to overcome the current fragmentation in soil research, FACCE-JPI had a role in facilitating the process for the proposal for an European Joint Programming (EJP) Cofund on Agricultural Soil Management that was developed by the European Commission (Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development).
Soil contribution to climate change adaption
In this programme (up to 80 million euro), the researchers will explore state of- the art technologies for mapping and soil sampling, and develop ICT tools that can be widely used by national and regional agencies, as well as by companies and farmers. The work will also support a number of policies, including the Common Agricultural Policy, climate change related policies and environmental policies.
Member States have given their input in a EJP Working Group meeting held in May 2017. The focus will be on climate adaptation and mitigation, but the activities should also lead to less soil erosion and the restauration of soil fertility.
Read the report of the EJP Working Group meeting in May 2017.