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

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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 22 participating countries (European and international 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 (GB) 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 Stakeholder Advisory Board (StAB) 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 and an Implementation Plan (see external links) with proposals for joint actions during 2014-2015.

Strategic Research Agenda

The Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change 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. The SRA was updated in November 2015 and published in January 2016. 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:

  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

The Strategic Research Agenda defines FACCE-JPI 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.

MACSUR

This action brings together 265 researchers in 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

  • 265 researchers in 71 institutions across 18 countries
  • 13 research groups
  • £750k for UK partners to support networking

MACSUR includes three coordinated and integrated networks:

  1. Crops
  2. Grasslands and livestock
  3. Economics and trade

MACSUR started in June 2012 for three years. The 2 year extension of MACSUR has been successful and continued funding has been secured until 2019. Of the 13 UK research groups participating, 8 are funded by BBSRC, 4 have received support from the Scottish Government and 1 from by NERC.

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

ERANET+

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 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 9 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.

Further information can be found on the FACCE SURPLUS website (see external links).

Implementation Plan 2016-2018

In order to further implement the Strategic Research Agenda, FACCE-JPI has elaborated a second Implementation Plan (IP), to start a set of new actions in the period 2016-2018, in addition to the actions that have started under the first Implementation Plan. This IP describes the joint actions that the FACCE-JPI Governing Board will undertake in this period, based on priorities described in the SRA. The priorities will focus on aligning national programmes, exploring new research areas through workshops and providing new funding.

A mid-term review of the IP will take place in 2017 to assess the extent of the topics covered. The IP will be adjusted by the GB if necessary, for example to include new FACCE-JPI actions or new collaborations.

Further information can be found on the FACCE-JPI website (see external links).