Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI)
Why agriculture, food security and climate change?
Agriculture, food security and climate change pose key challenges for the world. All countries need to build more resilient food systems in the light of expected (and unexpected) changes ahead. In the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI), the focus in on the alignment of European national research programmes in order to further develop knowledge and technologies to underpin sustainable and competitive food production systems.
What is FACCE-JPI?
FACCE-JPI brings together 21 European Member States and Associated Countries since 2010 to align their national research programmes on Agriculture, food security and climate. The Secretariat is jointly led by BBSRC and INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research, France).
The Governing Board consists of representatives from Member States, as well as some observers. The UK representation in the Governing Board includes a member from BBSRC and from Defra (see external links). The JPI Governance includes a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) that provides recommendations for future actions to the Member States. The Stakeholders' Advisory Board is the third Board and consists of European or international organisations or initiatives belonging to civil society organisation, farming organisations, industry, etc.
With advice from SAB and StAB, FACCE-JPI Governing Board published a Strategic Research Agenda (see external links) and an Implementation Plan (see external links) with proposals for joint actions during 2014-2015.
Scientific Research Agenda
The Strategic Research Agenda of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) was released on 5 December 2012 and sets out the strategic priorities for trans-disciplinary and innovative European research on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change. It provides a framework for the alignment of existing programmes and joint research efforts to achieve the twin objectives of food security and combating climate change.
The FACCE-JPI Strategic Research Agenda is the result of a dialogue between high-level international scientists and stakeholders. It sets out five core research themes reflecting the key challenges to be tackled by FACCE-JPI:
- Sustainable food security under climate change
- Environmentally sustainable growth and intensification of agriculture
- Trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services
- Adaptation to climate change
- Mitigation of climate change
The Strategic Research Agenda defines short, medium, and long term research priorities and sets out joint actions for each of these core themes. It aims to reinforce infrastructures and platforms, training and capacity building in Europe and knowledge exchange. It also foresees evaluation and monitoring of its activities.
This action brings together over 70 research groups from 18 countries and aims to improve the characterisation of European food security due to climate change and to enhance adaptation capacity through improvements in modelling of impacts of climate change. This ambitious project has estimated total costs of around €15M.
- 71 MACSUR partners across 18 countries
- 11 UK partners
- £750k for UK partners to support networking
MACSUR includes three coordinated and integrated networks:
- Grasslands and livestock
- Economics and trade
MACSUR started in June 2012 and will continue for three years. Of the 11 UK partners participating in MACSUR, 8 have received funding from BBSRC and 3 have received support from the Scottish Government.
Further information on the different networks and project partners can be found on the MACSUR website (please see external links).
FACCE-JPI has launched several activities including a knowledge hub MACSUR (see above) and a joint call on "Climate smart agriculture: adaptation of agricultural systems in Europe". The joint call on climate smart agriculture aims to fund 10-15 transnational research projects from autumn 2014 until the end of 2017.
18 Member States participating in FACCE-JPI are contributing to this call, which has a budget of €19M of national funding and including a contribution from the European Commission of €4M.
After an initial pre-proposal step in winter 2013, eligible proposals have been invited to submit full proposals and their peer review assessment is under review.
Implementation Plan 2014-2015
The implementation plan describes the joint actions that the JPI countries will undertake in 2014 and 2015, based on the short and medium-term priorities of the Strategic Research Agenda. It will focus on aligning national programmes, exploring new research areas through workshops and providing new funding.
Topics for joint actions include:
- Plant disease epidemiology,
- Sustainable intensification of European crop and livestock systems,
- Animal health/diseases and greenhouse gas mitigation,
- Sustainable and resilient agriculture,
- Land and water management for climate adaptation and mitigation,
- Climate change challenges to farming systems and
- Increasing resilience of food value chains under climate change