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JPI FACCE: three years already!

The Joint Research Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) celebrated its 3-year anniversary on 22 October 2013 at INRA Head Office in Paris. This was the occasion to launch its first biennial Implementation Plan for 2014-2015 on the themes of agriculture, food security and climate change.

Updated on 11/21/2013
Published on 11/14/2013

This event marks the launch of the first biennial Implementation Plan (2014-2015), introducing the new joint actions to support the convergence of European research on agriculture, food security and climate change under the FACCE-JPI leadership. This Implementation Plan follows up on the Strategic Research Agenda and lists for each core research theme priority topics for joint actions in 2014 and 2015 along three approaches: alignment of mature research, more investment in scattered or new research, and exploring of emerging research topics. It addresses subjects that are central to FACCE’s ambitions, for example the improvement of agricultural soil quality and the sustainable intensification of European crop and livestock systems, or plant disease epidemiology under climate change. It also foresees the creation of a network of experimental climate change studies on crop and grassland systems.

A gamble when first conceived in 2008, the idea of a transversal approach (merging fields which until then had been considered distinct: agriculture, food security and climate change) has gradually gained credibility on the international agenda. From the food price crisis of 2007-2008 and the release of two World Bank reports, to the recent release of the 5th IPCC Assessment Report contribution (Working Group 1) in September 2013, international awareness was raised, and today FACCE-JPI is positioned as a global player.

About FACCE – JPI

FACCE-JPI was officially launched by the European Council in October 2010. Jointly led by INRA and BBSRC, it brings together 21 European and associated countries to coordinate their research capacities to address the vital challenge of ensuring sufficient production of food, as well as feed, fibres and bio-fuels, in the context of demographic growth and a changing climate.

The innovative and original structure of FACCE-JPI, gathering policy makers with high-level scientists and major stakeholders, enabled FACCE members to step up the contribution of European research to the debate and to the formulation of scientific and societal solutions, while also coordinating their national research with the aim to gradually increase public funding spent on Trans-European research projects (less than 5% today). After three years of activity and already 5 joint actions launched, FACCE-JPI is no longer working at the level of coordination of national policies, but more ambitiously on alignment and convergence of these, around a commonly agreed Strategic Research Agenda (SRA).

In December 2012, FACCE-JPI adopted its Strategic Research Agenda. FACCE-JPI has five ongoing actions contributing to the implementation of its SRA: the MACSUR Knowledge Hub for better modelling of the impact of climate change on agriculture, the Multi-partner Call on agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation, the Joint Belmont Forum-FACCE Call on Food Security and Land Use Change, the FACCE-ERA NET+ Call on Climate Smart Agriculture, and the Biodiversa-FACCE Call on promoting synergies and reducing trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

More information is available on the JPI FACCE website.