Why the EU supports research and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
Agriculture and forestry provide food, feed and non-food products to meet the demands of a wide range of industries and consumers, under a variety of geographical and socio-economic conditions. They also provide social and environmental benefits and play an important role in the developing rural areas, improving quality of life, and creating jobs.
World population growth, hunger, obesity and evolving consumer demands put pressure on agricultural production to improve food and nutrition security globally. Simultaneously, farming and food systems must be resilient against the challenges of finite resources, environmental degradation, climate change and the loss of biodiversity.
Transitions require locally adapted solutions that both improve the economic viability and social conditions of farming, enable generational renewal and contribute to the development, resilience and attractiveness of rural areas.
Research and innovation is critically important to develop and upscale knowledge, practices, technological and social innovations, policies and governance that will enable transitions towards sustainable farming systems and rural communities.
Key research areas
Calls for proposals and funding information related to food, bioeconomy, natural resources agriculture and environment.
Some agriculture and forestry related calls may be found in this programme.
Agriculture research related calls may be found in this programme.
Projects and results
This factsheet gives an overview of the research and innovation related to agriculture and forestry under Horizon 2020 societal challenge 2.
The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects.
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects.
The one-stop shop to EU-funded agricultural innovation projects.
Collaboration and jobs
Search and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tenders opportunities portal.
Partnerships with EU countries on agricultural research programmes.
International cooperation in research and innovation contributes to respond to global challenges.
Researcher jobs in related fields.
Scientific publications, tools and databases
Scientific publications produced by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Software and modelling tools and databases related to agriculture, developed and compiled by the Commission's Joint Research Centre.
Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
The info-days will present the topics of the Horizon Europe Cluster 6 (Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment) work programme 2023 and will give the opportunity to prospective applicants to learn more about funding under the new programme.
The new EU Soil Strategy for 2030 has been adopted. At the European Research Executive Agency, we showcase several recently funded Horizon 2020 projects that will help to improve soil health and foster more sustainable soil management practices.