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Food security and land-use change

Belmont Forum and FACCE-JPI special opportunity for funding

Call status: Closed
Previous call: 13 September 2013 – 12 March 2014


  • ESRC & NERC (partners in the UK's Global Food Security programme)

Funding total

This joint funding call totals approximately €10.5M between the Belmont Forum and Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative (FACCE-JPI).

BBSRC, ESRC and NERC, under the auspices of the UK's Global Food Security Programme are supporting a total of 5 projects across both project types.

Number of projects funded

  • In April 2014, three awards were announced for type 1 projects. UK researchers are participating in two of the consortia, which are jointly supported by NERC, BBSRC and ESRC at a level of approximately €248k
  • In December 2014, four awards were announced for Type 2 projects UK researchers are participating in three of the consortia jointly supported by NERC, BBSRC and ESRC at a level of approximately €1.5M


To increase scientific understanding of the dynamic multiple scale interactions between food security and land use in the context of global change, and the consequences of these interactions for climate, ecosystems and social systems, including their economic and cultural dimensions.

Key aims

To provide funding for consortia consisting of partners of three or more participating countries, who bring together trans-disciplinary teams with multi-stakeholder participation (policy makers, regulators, NGOs, communities and industry).

The call emphasises three fundamental topics:

  1. Land use change impacts on food systems
  2. Food systems dynamics as driver of land use changes
  3. Feedback loop interactions between land use change and food security dynamics

Related calls: food international multidisciplinary partnerships