VIRTUAL EVENT: Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

VIRTUAL EVENT: Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

26 – 27 November 2020. FACCE-JPI 10 Year Event.
The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) celebrates its ten year anniversary by engaging in a high-level science-policy discussion. 

The aim is threefold, 
  1. highlighting the European societal challenges including the key research concerns, 
  2. exploring potential new pathways by showcasing the past scientific results, and 

prioritisation of the science–policy discussion together with the national and European decision makers about the strategic urgencies.

The European Food System: The transition towards sustainability and climate mitigation

A sustainably-driven recovery in Europe will require a re-think of the agrifood system with an integrated approach to climate, food and ecosystems. There is a growing polarisation in the way society perceives solutions to agrifood challenges. Some focus on sustainability, whilst others favour economic ‘pragmatism’. To achieve sustainable food systems, policymakers must look at evidence-based arguments, engaging with actors from multiple sectors at local, national and regional level. Only this will lead to a holistic, fair, and coordinated approach. Ongoing investments in research and innovation will be crucial to achieve the necessary changes.

  • How can the Commission’s ‘European Green Deal’ and the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy help a faster transition towards sustainable food systems?
  • How best to align objectives, targets and timelines to ensure a predictable regulatory environment, encouraging the innovation needed to achieve sustainable food systems?
  • Which R&I pathways can support the transition towards sustainable food systems?
  • How can industry encourage and support more sustainable farming with a focus on climate change?
  • -How to juggle consumers’ purchasing power and willingness to pay, food affordability, and the true price of food?
  • MODERATOR Brian Maguire, Journalist, EURACTIV
  • Wim Haentjens, Policy Expert, Food safety and the agri-food industry, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Atidzhe Alieva-Veli, MEP, AGRI Committee member, European Parliament
  • Máximo Torero, Chief Economist, FAO
  • Frank Ewert, Scientific Advisory Board Chair, FACCE-JPI

Virtual Session 2 | 27 November 2020 – 10:00-13:00h CET
FACCE-JPI Scientific Debate
The critical role of science: Learning from the past to cope with future challenges

Virtual Session 3 | 27 November 2020 – 14:00-17:00h CET
FACCE-JPI Science to Policy Debate
Science, the cornerstone of future European policies: Working for a strong European Research Area

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