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Why a Grand Societal Challenge?

With the current global population growth rates, Europe too is under pressure to manage production, consumption and storage of food and biological resources more efficiently. In this context, a society that is capable of managing a sustainable agriculture/ aquatic resources programme is more likely to better satisfy consumers' needs, industry demand and even help tackle climate change. As such, resolution of this challenge is an important corner stone in the strategy for Europe in 2020.

Specific activities outlined

  • Sustainable agriculture and forestry
    • Increasing production efficiency and coping with climate change, while ensuring sustainability and resilience
    • Providing ecosystem services and public goods
    • Empowerment of rural areas, support to policies and rural innovation
  • Sustainable and competitive agri-food sector for a safe and healthy diet
    • Informed consumer choices
    • Healthy and safe foods and diets for all
    • A sustainable and competitive agri-food industry
  • Unlocking the potential of aquatic living resources
    • Developing sustainable and environmentally-friendly fisheries
    • Developing competitive European aquaculture
    • Boosting marine innovation through biotechnology
  • Sustainable and competitive bio-based industries
    • Fostering the bio-economy for bio-based industries
    • Developing integrated bio-refineries
    • Supporting market development for bio-based products and processes
  • Specific implementation actions.

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