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  1. Rural development

    Rural areas in the EU represent, according to a standard definition, 91 % of the territory and 56 % of the population. Many of these rural areas face significant environmental and socio-economic challenges. Agricultural practices put pressure on the rural ...

    30 April 2014

  2. Agricultural markets and international trade

    The EU is the first trader in agricultural products of the world, both in terms of exports and imports. Agricultural trade helps to answer possible food production shortages due to climatic or other reasons. Ultimately, it contributes to the prosperity of ...

    19 January 2015

  3. Agricultural technological innovation

    The need for technological development in agriculture to achieve "sustainable intensification" is on the agenda of governments and international bodies. Innovation is also at the centre of the EU2020 strategy. New technologies and their adoption ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Global food security

    According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) by effect of demographic growth and changes in diets and incomes, demand for food is likely to grow by 70% until 2050. The current outlook of increasing global demand is mirrored by considerable unc ...

    30 April 2014

  5. Farming in the EU

    The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), representing the second largest share of the EU budget, is an evolving policy area. In the two last decades, support to farmers evolved from price support towards direct payment decoupled from production. Further refo ...

    30 April 2014

  6. Genetics for traceability in the fisheries sector

    Low-cost catfish fillets sold as expensive sole fillets or cod caught in the North Sea but declared as originating from the Baltic Sea are both examples of types of fraud in the fisheries sector. Molecular methods, such as those based on DNA-technology, m ...

    02 September 2015

  7. Desertification and drought

    Drought and desertification are closely related phenomena. Persisting over months or years, drought can affect large areas and may have serious environmental, social and economic impacts. While drought is a natural phenomenon, whose impacts can be exacerb ...

    18 May 2015

  8. Agricultural biodiversity

    Agricultural land covers almost half of Europe’s territory. Technological development, mechanisation, agro-chemicals and genetic research have led to structural modifications in farming practices and put pressure on the environment, leading to soil deplet ...

    04 April 2016

  9. Forestry

    35% of the European land area is covered by forests, which represent 25% of the world’s forest resources. Forests provide habitats and nutrients for organisms, modulate hydrologic flow, and help conserve soil resources. They constitute one of the most imp ...

    30 April 2014

  10. Fisheries and Aquaculture

    Our seas, oceans and coasts are important resources for the EU. The livelihoods of many citizens depend on the sea – fisheries of course, but also tourism and trade are key sectors of the EU economy. The EU fishing industry is the fourth largest in the wo ...

    21 August 2014

  11. Crop yield forecasting

    Crop yield forecasts and crop production estimates are necessary at EU and Member State level to provide the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) decision makers with timely information for rapid decision-making during the growing season. Estimates of cr ...

    25 February 2016

  12. Agricultural monitoring

    Agricultural monitoring is carried out at the JRC mainly to distinguish, identify and measure the main crop production areas in Europe, estimate production early in the year and check the validity of farmers’ applications for EU subsidies. The European Co ...

    30 April 2014

  13. Science and Policy Making: towards a new dialogue

    29 Sep 2016 to 30 Sep 2016 The European Commission, as part of its Scientific Advice Mechanism, and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), will jointly organise the 2 nd International Conference on Government Science Advice, whic ...

    31 May 2016

  14. Increased use of satellite technology set to improve on-the-spot-checks and reduce costs of administering the CAP

    22 Jun 2016 Following a visit to the JRC, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, Mr Phil Hogan, expressed confidence that increased use of satellite technology can help Member States to significantly increase the efficiency of on-the ...

    22 June 2016

  15. Soil quality key for future food security, better data is vital

    20 Jun 2016 Future food security depends on a variety of factors- but better soil data could substantially help improve projections of future crop yields, a new study shows. To project how much food can be produced in the future, researchers use agricultu ...

    20 June 2016

  16. Fairly good crop yield outlook for the EU-28

    20 Jun 2016 The latest MARS crop monitoring bulletin, published today, reports that crop yield prospects at the EU-28 level remain clearly above the five-year average. Crop-growing conditions in Spain are excellent, but are less positive in western Europe ...

    20 June 2016

  17. Modelling Impacts of National Policies on Kenyan Economy

    28 Apr 2016 Workshop jointly organised by the JRC (Seville site, Spain), LEI-WUR and Alterra-WUR (Netherlands); with support from The EU Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development.   Agenda Participants Photos   Op ...

    03 June 2016

  18. JRC and IFPRI join efforts on food security and nutrition for vulnerable communities

    14 Jun 2016 The JRC and the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have signed a collaborative research arrangement on building up the resilience of vulnerable and poor populations, and improving the livelihood of smallholder farmer ...

    14 June 2016

  19. Building a resilient Europe in a globalised world

    30 Sep 2015 Resilience determines the capacity to successfully deal with difficult events and to adapt and overcome adversity, and in a changing world creates stability, which in turn promotes job creation, economic growth and environmental sustainability ...

    28 October 2015

  20. New momentum for ICT, services and public-private cooperation

    01 Jun 2016 The European Commission presented on 1st June its vision on how European standard setting should evolve in the light of technological developments, political priorities and global trends. It also announced next steps on the Joint Initiative on ...

    01 June 2016

  21. Making sense of science- JRC Ispra Open Day attracts thousands

    30 May 2016 7600 visitors of 81 different nationalities had a close look at the activities of the European Commission's science and knowledge service in Ispra (Italy). This year's open day was celebrated in parallel with the Commission open day ...

    30 May 2016

  22. UN’s World Humanitarian Summit – Europe’s take in rethinking actions

    23 May 2016 At the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, key priorities advanced by the EU at the summit include: investment in resilience, efficient and effective financing, respect for international humanitarian law, preventing and ending crises, and br ...

    23 May 2016

  23. 5th International Feed Conference

    19 Oct 2016 to 20 Oct 2016 The focus changed from feed safety to feed security and other challenges, ranging from traceability to new feed materials. The conference therefore intends to bring together colleagues from different horizons, such as research o ...

    19 April 2016

  24. Ethiopia: JRC teams up with UNICEF to locate lifesaving groundwater

    20 May 2016 Many areas in Ethiopia are currently facing water-related emergencies due to El Niño-induced drought, which has left 5.8 million people across the country without access to safe water. The JRC has provided satellite images of the worst affecte ...

    20 May 2016

  25. 2017 JRC Art & Science Festival – Call for participation of artists

    10 May 2016 Are you an artist interested in experimenting in cross-disciplinary and multi-cultural environments? In the spring of 2017, the JRC will organise the next edition of its successful Resonances Art & Science Festival and Exhibition on the th ...

    10 May 2016