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The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) brings together 21 member countries and New Zealand (associate member) who are committed to building an integrated European Research Area addressing the interconnected challenges of sustainable agriculture, food security and impacts of climate change.

FACCE-JPI provides and steers research to support sustainable agricultural production and economic growth, to contribute to a European bio-based economy, while maintaining and restoring ecosystem services under current and future climate change.

The FACCE JPI has five core research themes:

  • Sustainable food security under climate change, based on an integrated food systems perspective modelling, benchmarking and policy research perspective.
  • Environmentally sustainable intensification of agricultural systems under current and future climate and resource availability.
  • Developing synergies and reducing trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • Adaptation to climate change throughout the whole food chain, including market repercussions.
  • Mitigation of climate change: nitrous oxide and methane mitigation in the agriculture and forestry sector, carbon sequestration, fossil fuel substitution and mitigating GHG emissions induced by indirect land use change.

The Governing Board of the FACCE-JPI adopted its 2016-2018 Implementation Plan in November 2015. The Implementation Plans updated the first FACCE-JPI Strategic Research Agenda in 2012 taking into account scientific advances as well as FACCE-JPI’s own achievements and the international policy context.  The new updated FACCE-JPI SRA 2016 has updated the content of the five Core Themes andlisted a number of priority actions, taking better account of the socio-economic aspects and the need for impact.

Ireland through DAFM and Teagasc are represented on the Governing Board of the FACCE-JPI. Arising from Irelands’ proactive involvement in the FACCE JPI a number of funding opportunities are available to Irish Researchers to help address the scientific challenges of the five FACCE JPI core research themes, including the ERA-Nets ERA-Gas, SusAn and WaterWorks.