A new initiative calls for research in sustainable and resilient agriculture

Increased demands for food, renewable energy and raw materials from biomass are among the “Great Challenges” for the 21st century. Based on the vision of a European bioeconomy 21 countries are now calling for research that can provide a sustainable intensification of agricultural production.

2015.01.07 | Claus Bo Andreasen

Photo: Flemming Nielsen

The new initiative is entitled FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems) and is committed to improve collaboration across the European Research Area in the range of diverse, but integrated, food and non-food biomass production and transformation systems, including biorefining.

To address future challenges of increased demands for food, renewable energy and raw materials from biomass, 21 countries have formed a partnership and a new initiative in the frame of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI).

In collaboration with the European Commission the partner countries announce today a call for joint
European research projects with an indicative budget of 15 M€.

Find the press release here