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Inspired by: FP7 » Emergence of new agricultural methods for coping with climate change

version: 8 / updated: 2011-04-20
id: #1719 / version id: #365
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Originally submitted by: Tuomo Kuosa
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 2 - Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Increased sustainability of all production systems (agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture)

Optional reference/s to FP7 project/s

Use the following format: Project Acronym (Project Reference No.). Use commas if more than one project is associated to this Wild Card, for example: ALFA-BIRD (213266), SAFAR (213374), LAPCAT-II (211485)
MADE (210496), LIFECYCLE (222719), EUPHOROS (211457), SARNISSA (213143), PROMICROBE (227197), BACCARA (226299), N-TOOLBOX (227156), REDNEX (211606), NOVELTREE (211868), SWUP-MED (212337), ARIMNET (219262), SELFDOTT (212797), TXOTX (212188), FISHPOPTRACE (212399), TRITICEAEGENOME (212019)

Signal's headline

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Emergence of new agricultural methods for coping with climate change

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
The strategic objective of the SWUP-MED (Project Reference: 212337) project is to improve food crop production in the Mediterranean region, influenced by multiple abiotic stresses. These stresses are becoming even more pronounced under changing climate, predicted to result in drier conditions, increasing temperatures, and greater variability, causing desertification. The project will work mainly in farmers communities to improve farming systems, by strengthening a diversified crop rotation and using marginal-quality water for supplemental irrigation, aiming at: Introduce and test new climate-proof crops and cultivars with improved stress tolerance, selecting promising varieties of cereals, grain legumes and new crops.


food crop production, farming, farming methods, climate change, cultivation


(max. 250 characters)
Currently new agricultural methods for coping with climate change are being piloted, included drought-resistant crops and new approaches to crop rotation and irrigation.

Signal's first apperance



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Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

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Risks Opportunities
beyond 2050 preventing environmental catasthrophies

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Academic/Research sector continue and finance the research in the field

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

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Food security and diet
Water security/vulnerability

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

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Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology
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Research infrastructures

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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Overcoming sub-criticality and systemic failures
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