Sustainable Enhancement of Agriculture & Aquaculture Production

The Sustainable Enhancement of Agriculture & Aquaculture Production Initiative is a joint NERC and Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) initiative, to support high-quality, innovative research translation for the purpose of addressing current food security development and environmental challenges related to sustainable enhancement of food production.

The initiative aims to increase and accelerate the uptake and impact of NERC and/or BBSRC funding into practical application, supporting multidisciplinary translation projects focused on a crop, livestock or aquaculture food production system, which are balanced across the remit of both NERC and BBSRC, and which seek to translate existing research in order to address global food production sustainability, and food security, challenges.

This initiative will be impact-focused, translating excellent research into measurable real-world outcomes to raise economic and/or societal prosperity in Development Assistance Committee listed countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa, South-Eastern Asia or Southern Asia regions.

Sustainable Enhancement of Agriculture & Aquaculture Production - Research translation call

Closing date: 18 Sep
2019

15 Jul 2019

NERC and BBSRC invite applications for research translation projects to translate existing research into practical application for the purpose of addressing current food security development and environmental challenges related to sustainable enhancement of food production.

To meet the needs of a growing global population which is projected to reach 9·8 billion by 2050, compounded by the climate-related risks to food security of the projected 1·5°C global warming, solutions are required to sustainably increase global crop, livestock and aquaculture production productivity, whilst preventing degradation or capacity for adaptation of the land and wider environment which supports those production systems.

The United Nations' 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out the challenge: to achieve zero hunger (SDG 2) by 2030 we will need to double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, whilst ensuring that the sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices that are implemented help maintain ecosystems and strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters.

Climate change mitigation in food production involves shifting to sustainable practices that increase food production in ways that are that are less 'greenhouse gas intensive' and protect the health of ecosystems and the natural environment. Providing food security for people in vulnerable regions will also require protecting food systems against biotic and abiotic threats which have deleterious impacts on productivity and yields.

Timing

2019 - 2022

Can I apply for a grant?

A Sustainable Enhancement of Agriculture & Aquaculture Production research translation call is open until 18 September 2019.

Budget

This initiative has a budget of up to £3·4 million through partnership between BBSRC and NERC.