Assessing options for the SUSTainable intensification of Agriculture for integrated production of food and non-food products at different scales

The broad EU public expects agriculture to provide food security, protect the environment and biodiversity, and sustain rural communities and landscapes. Beyond these expectations, agriculture must be highly adaptable in the face of climate change and volatile market and political conditions, in which the demand for food and non-food crops is set to increase. The creation and support of a competitive European bioeconomy offers the opportunity to simultaneously address food security and nonfood crop demand, while at the same time providing the opportunity to reduce the negative impacts of agriculture on the environment. Within this context, the overarching aim of SUSTAg is to identify both generic and location-specific integrated production systems and other sustainable intensification measures (SI) at the global/European and case study level which are optimal across different sustainability dimensions (ecological, economic and social). The feasibility of actually operationalizing the different systems will be evaluated with three regional case studies and on the European level. The study will make use of innovative crossdisciplinary (e.g. crop science, farm systems, supply chain, economic) and multi-scale (global, European, regional) integrated modelling analysis, with global and European scale analysis setting economic and political boundary conditions regarding the relative competitiveness of case study regions. At each scale, evaluation of SI options will consider: production conditions; dynamics in demand for food and non-food products; resource use and availability; socio-economic and policy environment; and climate change. Results will be presented in transparent and relevant SI evaluation metrics to allow stakeholders to analyze and weigh tradeoffs at each of the case study and European scales. Stakeholder engagement and interaction at all stages of system design and analysis is sought as the best options and pathways to integrated food and non-food production depend on specific context and stakeholder values. The ultimate outcome of SUSTAg will be a set of stakeholder relevant options for sustainably increasing food and nonfood production within an emerging European bioeconomy.

- scenario development - data management - model framework definition - European & global model simulations & improvements - developing case studies (Finnland/Durch-German/Spain) - definition, operationalization and application of SI metrics on a European metrics - Dissemination, internal & external communication


Apr 01, 2016 until Aug 31, 2019

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