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Research and innovation

Agriculture, forestry and rural areas

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.

EU agricultural research and innovation is guided by a long-term strategic approach that focuses on creating value from land through sustainable primary production and on enhancing rural innovation.

Policy focus

Funding opportunities

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.

Projects and results

Success stories

Collaboration and jobs

Search and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tenders opportunities portal.

International cooperation in research and innovation contributes to respond to global challenges.

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

All scientific publications from Horizon 2020 are accessible via OpenAIRE.

Access to agriculture data from the Copernicus programme.

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Factsheet23 July 2023
Soil deal for Europe : what is the EU mission : a soil deal for Europe

Together with the Soil Strategy, the upcoming Soil Health Law, the European Soil Observatory and climate policies (such as for carbon farming) the Mission is part of a robust framework for soil protection in the EU.