Press releases

  1. 16 Feb 2009

    The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is intensifying and globalising its research activities relating to desertification and drought. The JRC recently set up a new research team with a view to developing benchmarks and indicators for monitoring and assessing desertification processes on a range of geographic scales. The research team is already engaged in several regional and global networks, providing support to policy makers at a European level and beyond. It also provides scientific support for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) ten-year implementation strategy and reform process. The Commission's renewed interest in desertification and 'dryland' science is beginning to produce results.

  2. 30 Sep 2009

    A report published today by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) reviews the agricultural risk management systems in the European Union, providing a comprehensive state of the art of the agricultural insurance schemes and public intervention in risk management in the different countries. The study also evaluates the potential of index insurance schemes for crop risk management. It constitutes a basis to analyse strategies to integrate risk management tools within the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to better respond to crises in the agricultural sector.