EJP Soil

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.


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