FOSC – Food Systems and Climate

FOSC, the ERA-Net on Food Systems and Climate, is built upon and supported by the experience from the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security & Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) and the ERA-Net Cofund LEAP-Agri. The FOSC consortium consists out of 28 partners from Europe, Africa and Latin America. FOSC pulls together resources for a joint research programme and is supported by the European Commission through an ERA-Net Cofund grant. 

 Achieving food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture is a complex challenge that crosses many sectors, disciplines and policy areas. Adaptation to climate change will require systemic change and transformation of the global food systems with a more holistic and integrated approach.

Ensuring food and nutrition security in the long-term while containing global warming within 1.5 or 2°C, will require major changes on a societal-level and a systemic transformation of our food systems. Important aspects to acknowledge in this are:

  • current patterns of food consumption and production increase pressure on already scarce natural resources;
  • climate change undermines food systems and reduces food security;
  • environmental degradation puts additional pressure on food production;
  • consumer behaviour patterns favour the predominantly short term vision of food systems; and
  • availability of food is highly unequally distributed around the globe.

FOSC aims to initiate and push ahead transnational collaboration on the societal and systemic transition of sustainable and climate‐resilient food systems. Additionally, FOSC initiates and organises activities to foster collaborations and enhance impact of research on food systems and climate in Europe and beyond.