The CCRI is part of a 16 pan-European consortium (from 13 countries) working on an EU Horizon 2020 project, “Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems (SURE-Farm).
On 28th and 29th September 28th the SURE-Farm Project consortium partners will meet in Wageningen for the official kick-off meeting to discuss the work plan and timetable that will form the basis of the work to be carried out in the next four years. Mauro Vigani and Julie Urquhart will be representing the CCRI research team.
To coincide with the meeting, the project has launched its official website, which gives full information about the project and which will be updated as the project progresses.
SURE-Farm will analyse, assess and improve the resilience and sustainability of farms and farming systems in the EU. It aims to:
- Improve the delivery of the policy framework to agricultural activity thus fostering its sustainability;
- Provide farmers with better risk management tools;
- Improve the resilience of the agricultural sector in coping with the risks it faces.
The CCRI team is led by Mauro Vigani and includes Rob Berry, Damian Maye, Paul Courtney and Julie Urquhart. The CCRI team is involved in Work Packages 1,2,6 and 7, and it is task leader of tasks 2.2 and 3.3. Team members will build on their research work for the EU projects SUFISA, GLAMUR, SOLINSA and VALERIE.
The work of the CCRI team focuses on farmers’ adaptive behaviour and learning capacity, the enabling environment for farms demographics and farm labour and the assessment of the capacity of the Common Agricultural Policy to enhance resilient and sustainable agriculture. A mixed quantitative and qualitative analytical approach will be used and large corporate farms in the East of England are being used as a case study.