The FOSC projects kicked-off with a 2-day workshop on 15 and 16 June, hosted by the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and co-organized by Wageningen Research from the Netherlands. Seventeen projects are funded by the 2019 call for proposals on Food Systems and Climate. All projects work on research that contributes to resilient and sustainable food systems under climate change. This translates into diverse research themes including novel farming techniques, crop and soil improvement, modelling on regional and inter-continental food chains, integrated production systems and the reduction of food waste. Each project presented themselves by a pre-recorded presentation followed by real time Q&A sessions.
The FOSC Projects Kick-Off meeting was a well-attended meeting with 191 participants on the first day and 172 participants on the second day. FOSC coordinator Maurice Héral from ANR welcomed the project teams and introduced the FOSC ERA-NET Cofund. From the European Commission, Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer, Senior Research Policy Officer from DG Research and Innovation gave a key-note speech on the EU-AU Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) priority and Horizon Europe. Lucia Pacillo, Research Programme Administrator from EC-REA elaborated on the role of the European Research Executive Agency and Horizon 2020. On the second day, Raimund Jehle from the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, gave a key-note speech on the trends and investments in agricultural research and the importance of research and innovation for agriculture.
It was an active workshop with a lot of interaction, Q&A, discussions and information exchange between projects, speakers and funders. On behalf of FOSC, we wish all the projects success.
Find here an extended report on the FOSC Projects Kick-Off workshop