FOSC : Assessing the impact of climate change on food and nutrition security and designing more sustainable and resilient food systems in Europe and beyond

Project identifier 177-FOSC
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2019-10-01
End date 2024-09-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Cross-cutting issues: Engagement between African and European R&I communities
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Cross-cutting issues: Social and cultural features of food production systems
  • Type of Project Strengthening partnerships and alignment projects
    Programme H2020-EU.3.2.1.1, H2020-EU.3.2.1.4
    Keyword climate change; food security; risk management; food value chains; consumer behavior
    Location
    Budget 15 151 515
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator French National Research Agency (ANR)
    Partners
  • French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
  • Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
  • Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
  • International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO)
  • Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS)
  • Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
  • Research Council for Environment, Arable Industries and Community Building (FORMAS)
  • Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Ministero delle politiche agricole alimentari e forestali (MIPAAF)
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • National Research, Development and Innovation Office
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • The Research Council of Norway
  • Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)
  • Fonds national de la recherche et de l'innovation pour le developpement (FONRID)
  • Ministry of Higher Education Research and Innovation (MESRI)
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST)
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
  • Wageningen Research
  • Fundacion Hondurena de Investigacion Agricola (FHIA)
  • National Research Foundation (NRF)
  • Ministere de l'enseignement superieur et de la recherche scientifique
  • Secretaria Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Innovacion (SENACYT)
  • Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
  • Project Web Site https://www.foscera.net/en/www.foscera.net.htm
    Documents
  • CommunicationandDisseminationStrategyoftheERA‐NETCofundonFoodSystemsandClimate
  • FOSC flyer
  • Press release
  • Description

    Summary

    Climate change will affect food security: food availability, food accessibility, food utilisation and food systems stability. Designing sustainable food processes under climate change evolution is complex, encompassing many sectors. The EU-funded FOSC project is the ERA-NET Cofund on Food Systems and Climate. It will implement a range of joint activities to contribute to the creation of a strong and effective research and innovation network between Africa, Europe, and Latin America, as well as the coordination and synergism between national, international and EU research programmes relevant to food security under climate change. It will assess climate change-related risks for food value chains, reduce volatility in agri-food production, and develop novel approaches to valorise side streams and reduce food waste.

    Objective
    Building on earlier experiences such as LEAP-Agri, Belmont Forum and JPI FACCE, the project will implement a range of joint activities, contributing to the creation of a strong and effective trans-national, European-African-Latin America and the Caribbean research and innovation network and the better coordination and synergising of national, international and EU research programmes relevant to food security under climate change evolution.

    The joint call will focus on regional food systems within a global perspective and addressing:
    • Assessing climate change-related risks for food value chains, including impacts on prices, international trade and food security, and resulting changes in consumer behaviours. The three dimensions of sustainability will be adressed: social-cultural, economic, and environmental (including climate change mitigation);
    • Improving resilience and reducing volatility in agri-food production and food markets to sustainably improve food security in the context of climatic variation;
    • Reducing food losses under climate change including through novel approaches to valorise side streams and reduce food waste.
    FOSC is the ERA-Net Cofund on Food Systems and Climate

    Achieving food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture is a complex challenge that crosses many sectors, disciplines and policy areas. Adaptation to climate change will require systemic change and transformation of the global food systems with a more holistic and integrated approach.

    FOSC is built upon and supported by the experience from the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security & Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) and the ERA-Net Cofund LEAP-Agri. The FOSC consortium consist out of 28 partners from Europe, Africa and Latin America. FOSC pulls together resources for a joint research programme and is supported by the European Commission through an ERA-Net Cofund grant. FOSC is under the Call H2020-SFS-2018-2020 of Horizon2020 with the grant number 862555.  

    FOSC will implement a range of joint activities to contribute to the creation of a strong and effective trans-national research and innovation network between Europe, Africa, and Latin America, as well as to the coordination and synergism between national, international and EU research programmes that are relevant to food security under climate change.