The broad EU public expects agriculture to provide food security, protect the environment and biodiversity, and sustain rural communities and landscapes. Beyond these expectations, agriculture must be highly adaptable in the face of climate change and volatile market and political conditions, in which the demand for food and non-food crops is set to increase.
The creation and support of a competitive European bioeconomy offers the opportunity to address food security and nonfood crop demand, while at the same time reducing the negative impacts of agriculture on the environment.
The overarching aim of SUSTAg is to identify both generic and location-specific integrated production systems and other sustainable intensification measures (SI) at the global/European and case study level that are optimal across different sustainability dimensions (ecological, economic and social). The study makes use of innovative crossdisciplinary (e.g. crop science, farm systems, supply chain, economic) and multi-scale (global, European, regional) integrated modelling analysis. The feasibility of actually operationalising the different systems is evaluated with three regional case studies in Europe.
*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.