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Economic growth and an ever rising world population put pressure on food demands and agricultural products. To feed nearly 9 billion people by 2050, a new vision is needed to ensure food supply, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity through agriculture.

Agriculture and forestry are integral parts of the European economy and society. They provide the basis for food, feed and non-food products to meet the demands of consumers and a wide range of industries. With about 70% of the EU land area covered by forests or in agricultural use, primary production activities have a huge impact on the integrity of rural areas in terms of preserving the natural capital, quality of life, and job creation.

Productivity in the agricultural and forestry sectors has seen a remarkable growth in the past decades, partly at the expense of the environment. A rising world population along with economic growth and changing consumption patterns are further increasing demand for primary products. This pressure on agricultural productivity is happening against the backdrop of dwindling natural resources and the effects of an increasingly variable climate.

Reconciling production with the sustainable management of land and other natural resources is considered as being the major challenge for current and future agriculture and forestry systems. Research and innovation are crucial to support the move towards more sustainable, "triple performing" types of primary production which embrace economic, social and environmental objectives.

To rise to the challenge, research and demonstration activities will encourage cooperation across basic and applied research disciplines, as well as between researchers, practitioners, businesses and other stakeholders. The resulting innovations should benefit a diverse primary production sector and ensure that high quality products and services continue to be delivered in sustainable ways.
 

The proposed research is organised around the following headings:

  • Increasing production efficiency and coping with climate change, while ensuring sustainability and resilience
  • Providing ecosystem services and public goods
  • Empowerment of rural areas, support to policies and rural innovation
  • Sustainable forestry


Search for funding opportunities related to agriculture and forestry in the Participant Portal.

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Events

From 24/11/2015 - 01:00 to 27/11/2015 - 01:00
Brussels, Belgium,

Participate in the Brussels info-week on 24-27 November and learn more about the new Horizon 2020 work programme 2016/2017 for Societal Challenge 2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, maritime and martime inland water research and bio-economy. Read more

From 14/09/2015 - 02:00 to 17/09/2015 - 02:00
Roma Tre University - 234, Via Ostiense, Rome,

Urban-rural linkages are one of the new challenges to be tackled by Horizon 2020. This conference can serve as inspiration. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines from many parts of the world will assemble in Rome to advance the scientific state of the art in research on multifunctional agriculture and urban-rural relations. This 2015 edition will focus on reconnecting agriculture and food chains to societal needs. Submission of abstracts has just been extended until 20th April 2015. Read more

Multimedia

07/11/2014 - 17:10

Plants are able to sense different parameters like the gravitational field, electrical fields or chemicals gradients. This huge amount of information could be made intelligible for surprising purposes. Read more

27/05/2014 - 17:51

This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020. Read more

27/05/2014 - 17:32

Find out more about Horizon 2020 in this three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics. Read more

News

18/06/2015 - 02:00

Challenges faced by farming systems today, such as climate change, food security, emerging diseases or rural transitions need a long-term strategy. The European Commission kicks-off the discussion on how this strategy could be elaborated at a workshop in Milan that can be followed on-line. Read more

10/06/2015 - 13:59

End of 2014 the first Horizon 2020 projects were signed. Since then almost four thousand more have been added. Read more

09/06/2015 - 17:12

As announced by President Juncker on 13 May 2015, the European Commission intends to set up a new Scientific Advice Mechanism ("SAM"). The mechanism will support the Commission with high-quality, timely and independent scientific advice for its policy-making activities. Read more

Project stories

26/06/2015 - 02:00

EU-funded researchers are extracting small pieces of protein from rice starch by-products for ‘superfoods’ and new cosmetics. These ‘magic’ molecules could add a healthy twist to baby food, sports protein supplements and products for sufferers of coeliac disease. An engineered human skin eliminating any need for animal testing could also be on the market within two years. Read more

19/06/2015 - 02:00

Ripe, but not too ripe; sweet, but still a bit tart — to make outstanding wine, grapes must be harvested when they are at their best. Choosing the right moment is one of the key decisions of the winemaking process. The WinePen, a low-cost handheld device developed by the EU-funded PREMIVM project, can help. It is based on innovative techniques that can give winegrowers the information they need much faster than conventional tools. Read more

08/06/2015 - 02:00

Farming consumes around 70% of the world’s fresh water. Limiting irrigation to the actual water crops need – and no more – makes farming more sustainable and improves yields. An EU-funded project is developing a user-friendly precision irrigation decision support system for more accessible technology that saves water. A first interface will be available next year. Read more

Publications

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

Press Release

05/02/2015 - 16:40

With the support of the European Research Council (ERC) "Proof of Concept" grants, 59 researchers in Europe will now get the chance to turn their inventions into viable products. Read more

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