Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

Key data
Project type: 
Coordination and Support Action (CSA) from the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme
Project reference ID: 
Contract number 277610
01 April 2011 - 31 March 2014
Name of Coordinator: 
Isabelle Albouy
INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)
 FR (France)
Short summary: 

The FACCE (Agriculture, Food Security, and Climate Change) CSA (Coordination and Support Action) will prepare and support the successful development of FACCE JPI (Joint Programming Initiative).

Joint Programming is an intergovernmental process that was defined by the European Commission in 2008 as part of the building of a European Research Area (ERA). The overall aim of Joint Programming is to pool national research efforts in order to make better use of Europe’s precious public R&D resources and to tackle common European challenges more effectively in a few key areas. It will follow a structured strategic process whereby Member States agree on a common vision and a strategic research agenda to address given societal challenges.

In Joint Programming, Member States are expected to coordinate national research activities, group resources, benefit from complementarities to provide the long-term, stable research base that is needed to address major societal challenges.

Agriculture, food security and climate change pose key challenges for the world. The 2007-2008 world food crisis was a stark reminder that all countries need to build more resilient food systems in the light of expected (and unexpected) changes ahead. Research must play a leading role in bringing solutions. Europe has, and continues to develop, knowledge and technologies to underpin sustainable and competitive food production systems. Agriculture (including forestry and aquaculture) are highly exposed to climate change – the variability of crop yields has already increased as a consequence of extreme climate events, such as the summer heat of 2003 and the spring drought of 2007 in Europe. However the agriculture and forestry sectors also offer the potential of mitigation of N2O and CH4 emissions, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with indirect land use change and the development of verifiable GHG mitigation and carbon sequestration measures. Agriculture has to meet a demand for food which is estimated to rise globally by 50% by 2030 and to double by 2050, due to population growth, urbanisation and increased affluence in many societies. A European Research Area needs to play its role in sustainable growth in the agriculture sector (crops, livestock, fisheries, forests, biomass and commodities) to:

  • Meet growing world food demand
  • Enhance rural livelihoods
  • Address competing demands on land use for biomass production
  • Stimulate sustainable economic growth
  • Maintain and restore ecosystem function / services
  • Make the transition to a bio-based economy

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ICC's role: 

ICC is stakeholder of FACCE JPI (Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change).

Contact person at ICC: 
Michaela Pichler