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