Why does research and innovation on public goods from agriculture and forestry matter?

Agriculture and forestry are unique sectors delivering, alongside commercial products, societal public goods such as biodiversity, water regulation, landscape, erosion control, resilience to floods and climate change mitigation.

The increasing value assigned by society to the environment, culture and heritage of rural areas can be a driver of their sustainable growth.

This has materialised to a certain extent for public goods related to culture and heritage, e.g. tourism based on traditional landscapes or traditional food. However, the situation is less favourable for most environmental public goods.

Farmers and foresters are managing most of the EU land and, depending on practices used, can be sources of a wealth of environmental public goods for the benefit of rural areas and society.

Research activities can help improve the understanding of the complex interactions between primary production systems and ecosystems services. They should support the provision of these public goods and services through the delivery of management solutions, decision-support and monitoring tools and the assessment of their market and non-market value.

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020

    Calls for proposals related to public goods from agriculture and forestry are spread across numerous schemes in Horizon 2020. This page lists them and explains how you can apply.

  • European agricultural fund for rural development

    The rural development policy supports innovation through a range of interventions, including the European innovation partnership for agriculture (EIP-AGRI).

  • Some public goods from agrciculture and forestry related calls may be found in this programme.

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

Scientific publications, tools and databases

  • Scientific publications 

    Scientific publications produced by the European Commission (JRC).

  • Scientific research tools and databases 

    The Commission's Joint Research Centre compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools.

  • EU Open Data Portal 

    Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

  • OpenAIRE

    You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.

  • Copernicus

    Access to agriculture data from the Copernicus programme.