Long-term EU strategy for agricultural research presented at Agriculture and Fisheries Council

On 15 February 2016, the Commission, DG-Agri, presented the state of play of the development of a long-term EU strategy for agricultural research to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, based on the outcome of a conference on the issue which took place from 26 to 28 January 2016 in Brussels.

On this occasion, most of the delegations welcomed the orientation proposed to agricultural research in the framework of Horizon 2020. In this respect, they highlighted the need to offer a large and inclusive view of agricultural research and innovation. Some member states stressed that the
strategy should better take into account forestry as a key element of sustainable agriculture. The strategy is meant to be an input for programming the remaining three years (2018-2020) of Horizon 2020, and for guiding agricultural research activities after 2020. The Commission is planning to publish its final paper on the matter in April. The proposed strategy aims to harness EU investments in the framework programme for research and innovation to achieve the following main objectives:
– ensuring food security in the long term;
– addressing the environmental sustainability and resilience of land-based primary production, as well as food and non-food systems;
– boosting the sustainable growth of rural territories.

The strategy will focus on land-based primary production centred around agriculture and forestry, but will also extend to food and non-food chains and the rural economy. In particular, close links will be established with research and innovation in the food area.

More information on the Council Website

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