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The WINnERS Programme

The WINnERS agricultural supply chain de-risking programme aims to improve the financial inclusion of smallholder farmers in the Global South and create more inclusive and resilient food supply chains across Africa and Europe.

The core of the programme consists of a climate service that utilizes machine learning to create robust climate risk information for reinsurance and credit guarantees, which allows banks to provide loans to smallholders who have never been able to access credit before. In collaboration with Imperial College London, École Polytechnique and Munich-Re, an integrated service has been successfully brought to market in Tanzania, where the WINnERS solution is currently supporting local banks and insurance companies to de-risk credit guarantee schemes and ultimately raise the total food production and security of the country.

By enabling smallholder farmers to access finance, WINNERS has the potential to place conditionality around the loans in order to incentivise climate resilient practices at the farm level. This can lead to a positive feedback loop that makes the cost of credit cheaper and ensures that the entire value chain cares about farm-level climate resilience. Currently, part of the programme’s funding is specifically earmarked to promote gender equality and improve the financial inclusion of woman farmers in agricultural supply chains in Tanzania.

To date, WINnERS is one of the most successful programmes within the CKIC portfolio in terms of external resources attracted.  WINnERS aims to be CKIC’s first experiment to orchestrate the radical transformation of agricultural value chains across Europe and Africa. The programme will progressively integrate the innovative technologies, practices and approaches developed within the CKIC agricultural portfolio and foster systemic change within global agricultural value chains.


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Europe’s climate-smart innovation hub for agriculture

To feed a world of over nine billion people by 2050, today’s agriculture must get climate-smart and undergo a step-change in resilience, resource-efficiency and productivity.

Climate smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach to food production that combines technology, investment, capacity-building and policy to address these challenges. It supports adapation and resilience in food production, reduces emissions, and promotes higher yields.

Our Climate-Smart Agriculture Booster (CSA Booster), together with an international network of partners, accelerates the adoption and scaling of climate-smart technologies and solutions across Europe’s agri-food sector.

CSA Booster is Europe’s leading knowledge and innovation hub pioneering the transition to climate-smart agriculture across Europe, and around the world. Find out more about it here.

Meanwhile our Climate-Smart Agriculture Hub for Central and Eastern Europe is also facilitating knowledge exchange between scientists, farmers, industry, advisory services and policy makers, with a particular focus on the CEE region.

CSA BOOSTERCSA for Central & Eastern Europe

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Low-carbon and resilient food production

We support innovation for efficient and low-carbon agriculture, and integrated cultivation systems that maximise resources and innovate waste out of the food chain.

Food security and systems

  • Food metrics: we work on the development of integrated food systems analysis and assessment addressing environment, social and economic indicators that support public and ecological health.
  • Food waste: we support innovation that helps reduce preventable food waste and change consumer habits, while technologies such as fractionation, re-utilisation and valorisation of waste for biomaterials and bioenergy help design waste out of the food chain
  • Food tech: we are working to develop high quality proteins for food from both terrestrial and aquatic origin for upstream and downstream demand.
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Building resilience into global forest value chains

Forests have a key role to play in climate change mitigation given their critical influence in the global carbon cycle.

The causes and climate impacts of deforestation in tropical counties are widely discussed and known. Far less knowledge exists on the  challenges faced by European forests. Several innovation opportunities currently exist for European forest stakeholders to maximise forest management where forests can be both carbon sinks and a natural asset in the bio-economy.

Our Forestry Programme helps:

  • Increase downstream substitution of carbon by developing new supply/value chains while enhancing the sustainable management practices 
  • Increase the resilience and sustainability of European forests by adapted management practices also in privately owned forests.

EIT Climate-KIC and the future of the forestry sector 

The EIT Climate-KIC and the future of the forestry sector report (21 March 2018) underlines how greater collaboration and knowledge-sharing between public and private decision-makers is needed to deliver climate-smart forestry solutions that go beyond simple carbon sequestration.

It was produced by Climate-KIC and partners including leading institutions Wageningen University (Netherlands), INRA (France), Lund University (Sweden), and I4CE (France).

Would like to get involved in our Forestry Programme? Please let us know and get in touch.

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Fostering integrated landscape management

From maintaining ecosystems services to balancing the diverse demands on natural resources, we take the approach of integrated landscape management to find common ground between sectors, rights, stakes and objectives, fostering adaptive management and shared learning. 

Deforestation and land restoration

We unlock investments to reduce deforestation and accelerate land restoration by:

  • Developing financial tools that unlock public/private investments to support project scaling.
  • Facilitate the decision making and improve traceability across value chains

Peri urban land areas

We work on making the cities responsible and accountable for their surrounding territories by:

  • Improving the sourcing of local supply chains with food and biomass
  • Improving the risk management in these areas regarding fire and flood
Sustainable Land Use
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