By 2050, the world’s population will exceed 9 billion requiring the increase of food production by 70-85% (Dhankher & Foyer 2018), while ensuring food security and safety.
BioFoodOnMars uses new strategies for sustainable growth of plant production and to enlarge climate change resilience of agroecosystems. The objective is to increase the amount and quality of food and feed crops in Europe while fighting against the decreasing productivity of arable soils and progressive climate changes.
The project maps potential crop yields and locate valorisation opportunities on marginal soils under various regional conditions in Europe. At the same time it tries to optimise the biomass production and valorisation with biofertilisers or soil additives, like silicon, and introducing management changes supported by remote sensing and digitalisation. The results will be aligned to design toolboxes for farmers and policy makers.
The project contributes to SDGs 2,3, 12, and 15. The results will also contribute towards the Green Deal strategies, such as From Farm to Fork.
*At the time of the proposal. Please consider this data as an accurate estimate; it may vary during the project’s lifespan.
Total costs include in kind contribution by grant holders and can therefore be higher than the total requested funding.