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Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI)

The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) focuses on the alignment of European national research programmes in order to further develop knowledge and technologies to underpin sustainable and competitive food production systems.

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.

What is FACCE-JPI?

FACCE-JPI was launched in 2010 and brings together 22 participating countries (European and international) that are committed to building an integrated European Research Area, addressing the challenges of sustainable agriculture, food security and impacts of climate change.

The JPI governance includes:

  • Governing Board (GB): consists of representatives from member states, as well as some observers, with UK representation from BBSRC and Defra
  • Scientific Advisory Board (SAB): consists of high level experts that provide scientific recommendations for future actions to the member states
  • Stakeholder Advisory Board (StAB): consists of European or international organisations or initiatives belonging to civil society organisation, farming organisations, industry, etc.
  • Secretariat: jointly led by BBSRC and INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research, France)

The Strategic Research Agenda

The Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of FACCE-JPI 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 SRA was updated in January 2016 (see external links) following its initial release in December 2012. The implementation plan (see external links) sets out new actions for the period 2016–18 for the implementation of the SRA.

There are five core research themes reflecting the key challenges to be tackled by FACCE-JPI:

  1. Sustainable food security under climate change
  2. Environmentally sustainable intensification of agricultural systems
  3. Developing synergies and reducing trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services
  4. Adaptation to climate change
  5. Mitigation of climate change

MACSUR

Modelling European Agriculture with Climate Change for Food Security (MACSUR) is a Knowledge Hub of FACCE-JPI which brings together 300 scientists in 70 institutions across 18 countries. It 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.

The total estimated costs of the project are around €17M, with a £1.25M estimated contribution from BBSRC for UK partners to support networking. Some of the key achievements of MACSUR to date (summer 2016) are outlined below:

  • Three coordinated and integrated networks in crops, grasslands and livestock and economic and trade
  • Interdisciplinary model prediction with survey of 86 crop, 10 grassland, eight farm and 26 economic models
  • 300 peer reviewed publications, some used in the IPCC 5th Assessment Report
  • 200 reports and over 500 presentations, 31 workshops and conferences
  • 24 PhD and MSc students
  • Memorandum of Understanding with AgMIP (The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project)

Further information on the different networks and project partners can be found on the MACSUR website (see external links).

ERA-NET+ call on Climate Smart Agriculture

BBSRC contributed to this ERA-NET+ joint call on 'Climate Smart Agriculture: adaptation of agricultural systems in Europe', under the umbrella of FACCE-JPI. The call has recommended 11 transnational research projects for funding, following a positive evaluation by an International Evaluation Committee.

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. It is enabling collaboration of nine UK researchers with European partners in 18 countries.

ERA-NET Cofund

FACCE-JPI has launched FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture of food and non-food systems), an ERA-NET Cofund, formed in collaboration between the European Commission and a partnership of 15 countries and is based on a vision of bioeconomy.

The indicative total available budget for the first call amounts to €17M. 14 projects have been selected for funding. It is enabling collaboration of 6 UK research groups with European partners in 13 countries.

Joint call with Belmont Forum

The Collaborative Research Action between the Belmont Forum and FACCE-JPI on Food Security and Land Use Change, focuses on the two-way interactions between the dynamics of food systems and land use change, including the implications of the change on biodiversity and ecosystem services. This call offers two types of projects:

  • Type one projects promote the building of interdisciplinary communities/networks that effectively engage relevant stakeholder groups
  • Type two projects build on established networks which are ready to embark on large-scale projects

BBSRC, ESRC and NERC, under the auspices of the Global Food Security Programme are supporting a total of five projects across both project types. This joint funding call totals approximately €10.5M.