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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. 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

  5. Organic food and sustainable agriculture

    Food scares have increased consumer awareness in all aspects of food safety and quality. As a result, consumers have increasingly expressed preferences with respect to agricultural practices and geographical origin. Policy makers also have recognised the ...

    01 September 2015

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Fairly good EU crops outlook despite unsettled weather

    23 May 2016 The latest JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, published today, reports that the current prospects for EU-28 yields are generally above the five-year average, despite a cold spell at the end of April. The forecast for total cereals ha ...

    24 May 2016

  10. Good start to the season and sowing progress

    26 Apr 2016 The latest JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin (published today) reports a positive yield outlook, although there are concerns in Poland and Ukraine after an unfavourable winter. In most regions, weather conditions have been favourable ...

    26 April 2016

  11. Workshop on Control and Management of Agricultural Land in IACS

    23 May 2016 to 25 May 2016 JRC workshop on control and management of agricultural land in the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS), which will be organised from Monday 23 May (9.00 AM) to Wednesday 25 May (4.00 PM) in Baveno (VB), at Grand ...

    13 May 2016

  12. Urban food consumption and associated water resources: The example of Dutch cities

    Full self-sufficiency in cities is a major concern. Cities import resources for food, water and energy security. They are however key to global sustainability, as they concentrate a rapidly increasing and urbanising population (or number of consumers). In ...

    26 May 2016

  13. Predominantly good conditions for winter cereals

    22 Mar 2016 The latest JRC MARS Bulletin on Crop monitoring in Europe, published 21 March 2016, finds that winter crops are well advanced in most of Europe due to the mild winter. In general, prospects for the new season are promising. At this stage of th ...

    22 March 2016

  14. Factors Supporting the Development of Producer Organizations and their Impacts in the Light of Ongoing Changes in Food Supply Chains: A Literature Review

    This report surveys the recent literature on producer organizations with a specific focus on factors affecting their establishment and their impact on farmers' market performance and welfare. The report also discusses producer organizations' rol ...

    25 May 2016

  15. Building an empirically-based framework to value multiple public goods of agriculture at broad supranational scales

    Agricultural landscapes deliver multiple, highly valued goods such as cultural amenities, biodiversity conservation and climate stability. These goods are often delivered as side-effects of farmers' production decisions driven by broad-scale, suprana ...

    23 May 2016

  16. Mapping global patterns of drought risk: an empirical framework based on sub-national estimates of hazard, exposure and vulnerability

    A global map of drought risk has been elaborated at the sub-national administrative level. The motivation for this study is the observation that little research and no concerted efforts have been made at the global level to provide a consistent and equita ...

    23 May 2016

  17. Integrated weed management systems with herbicide-tolerant crops in the European Union: lessons learnt from home and abroad

    Conventionally bred (CHT) and genetically modified herbicide-tolerant (GMHT) crops have changed weed management practices and made an important contribution to the global production of some commodity crops. However, a concern is that farm management pract ...

    15 May 2016

  18. Lunchtime Conference External Cooperation Infopoint

    22 Jan 2016 At todays' External Cooperation Info Point, IES scientist Estefania Custodio will give a presentation entitled A new global indicator- Bridging gender, food security and nutrition, in which she will speak about the new global indicator &q ...

    12 January 2016

  19. Proba‐V Symposium

    26 Jan 2016 to 28 Jan 2016 The European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is organising an event dedicated to the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V mission. The event, entitled “Proba-V Symp ...

    11 January 2016

  20. 66. Öffentliche Hochschultagung

    04 Feb 2016 IES scientist L. Montanarella is an invited keynote speaker at the opening of the conference, at which he will speak on "EU-Agrarpolitik aus Sicht der Welternährungssicherung und Ressourcenschonung", in the Frederik-Paulsen-Hörsaal a ...

    05 January 2016

  21. Warm temperatures prevent hardening, but keep frost-kill at bay

    22 Feb 2016 The latest JRC MARS Bulletin on Crop monitoring in Europe has been published today. It reports that no additional frost kill damages have been recorded since January, despite the fact that winter cereals have not hardened for large parts of Eu ...

    22 February 2016

  22. AGU Fall Meeting

    14 Dec 2015 With nearly 24 000 attendees, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. Now in its 48th year, the AGU Fall Meeting brings together the entire Earth and space science communit ...

    18 December 2015

  23. 1st IPC Harmonisation Working Group Meeting

    14 Dec 2015 to 15 Dec 2015 The IPC Food Security Working Group will work with the IPC Nutrition Working Group (IPC NWG) to capture cross-cutting lessons learned to prepare and develop a consolidated, articulated, and harmonized Integrated Food and Nutriti ...

    11 December 2015

  24. JRC Thematic Report: Science for environmental sustainability

    The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s in-house science service, supports EU Member States in implementing environmental policies and participates in international efforts to promote the sustainable use of resources and improve land-us ...

    01 May 2016

  25. Weakly hardened winter cereals

    25 Jan 2016 The latest MARS bulletin, published today, reports that the extremely mild weather of last December delayed the hardening of winter crops. An intense cold air intrusion in eastern Europe, combined with shallow snow cover, is likely to have cau ...

    25 January 2016