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.
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.
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
This factsheet collects most of the research and innovation related to public goods under Horizon 2020 societal challenge 2.
The one-stop shop to EU-funded agricultural innovation projects.
The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects.
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects
Scientific publications, tools and databases
Scientific publications produced by the European Commission (JRC).
The Commission's Joint Research Centre compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools.
Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.
Access to agriculture data from the Copernicus programme.