The aim of the European joint programming is to pool national research efforts in order to make better use of Europe's research and development resources and tackle major societal challenges more effectively.

The main objective of EJP SOIL is to create an enabling environment to enhance the contribution of agricultural soils to key societal challenges such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable agricultural production, ecosystem services provision, prevention and restoration of land and soil degradation and biodiversity maintenance.

The EJP SOIL will build a sustainable European integrated research community on agricultural soils and will develop and deploy a roadmap on climate-smart sustainable agricultural soil management.

EJP SOIL activities in interaction with stakeholders, Member States and DG AGRI will pursue the long-term goal of promoting farmers as stewards of land and soil resources and support policy development and deployment, in particular the CAP and climate policies. 

The EJP Soil consortium unites a unique group of 26 leading European research institutes and universities in 24 countries.