Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Areas
Agriculture and forestry provide food and non-food products to meet the demands of a wide range of industries and consumers, under a variety of geographical and socio-economic conditions. They also provide social and environmental benefits and play an important role in the developing rural areas, improving quality of life, and creating jobs. Agricultural production should provide food and nutrient security and at the same time, be resilient against the challenges of finite resources, environmental degradation, climate change and the loss of biodiversity.
These would required locally adapted solutions that both improve the economic viability and social conditions of farming, enable generational renewal and contribute to the development, resilience and attractiveness of rural areas. Research and innovation is critically important to develop and upscale knowledge, practices, technological and social innovations, policies and governance that will enable transitions towards sustainable farming systems and rural communities.