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Climate-CAFE : ClimateChange Adaptability of cropping and Farming systems for Europe


Supported by the metaprogramme Adaptation of Agriculture and Forests to Climate Change (AAFCC) of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), the project Climate-CAFE aims at assessing the adaptive capacity to climate change of Europeans arable cropping and farming systems, through the modelling and simulation of innovative strategies co-designed with actors (group of farmers, advisers and actors of the agricultural sector).

Three broad categories of strategies were identified: (1) resistance strategies, minimizing the impact of short-term climate change with simple adjustments and easy to implement, (2) resilience, which will require a systemic adaptation cropping systems across the field or farm, (3) a drastic transformation of cropping and farming systems.

The objective is to evaluate different adaptation strategies in two IPCC scenarios in the near future (2050) and far (2100), considering various European pedoclimates, sweeping the wide range of agricultural situations of major European cultures, from Finland to the South of Spain (North-South gradient) and Scotland to the east of Germany (West-East gradient).

Project information

Eric Justes, INRA Toulouse, UMR AGIR

The project brings together 12 european partners (universities and research institutes) and 8 countries:

  • National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), France
  • Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
  • Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), United Kingdom
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden
  • Wageningen University & Research centre (WUR), The Netherlands
  • Roskilde University (RU), Denmark
  • Zurich Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), Switzerland
  • National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
  • University of Helsinki (UH), Finland
  • Agroscope, Switzeland
  • Nutrient Management Institute (NMI), The Netherlands
  • Louis Bolk Institute (LBI), The Netherlands
Source of funding
Budget requested: 2391k€ The project is funded by each participating country in the so called ERA-net-collaboration within The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI).

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Irrigation, smart agriculture, resilience, cropping and farming systems, crop modelling


2015 - 2018

Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures


Adaptation Measures and Actions


Agriculture, Forestry

Geographic characterization


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