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Climate-robust production systems and water management (KIC)

As a result of climate change, the Netherlands will increasingly face changing precipitation patterns with longer periods of drought and periods of intense rainfall in a short time. This has considerable consequences for agriculture and horticulture. Climate change can lead to too much or too little water for crops, lower groundwater levels, soil subsidence and salinisation. This can result in crop damage and reduced yields. Amongst other things, the effects depend on the local soil and water system and can therefore strongly differ per region. Through modifications to the production and/or water systems, the negative effects of climate change can be reduced or even prevented, and any opportunities that climate change provides can be utilised. The Netherlands faces the challenge of organising agriculture and horticulture in a sustainable and climate-resilient manner that fits within the changing (regional) soil and water systems. We need not just technological knowledge but also knowledge about the societal aspects of the intended innovations.

  • Aim and objectives

    Innovative solutions in which agricultural and horticultural production systems are considered in relation to water system management are vital for a future-proof and sustainable agricultural production. The aim of this research programme is to develop knowledge for climate-robust agricultural and horticultural production systems in relation to research into the effects of water quality, scarcity and surplus. The outcomes of the research are meant to allow for the realisation of innovative and integral solutions for climate-resilient agricultural production that fits within the regional soil and water systems while taking into account societal challenges, transitions, impact and support.

  • Budget and duration

  • Research areas and integral approach

    The aim of this programme requires an integral approach in which research into agricultural and horticultural production systems, water and soil systems and the societal aspects of innovations is combined. Research projects must consider aspects from all three research areas. The integral approach must also be expressed in the composition of the consortium with researchers and partners from different disciplines.

  • Connection with research agendas and existing initiatives

    This programme connects the Top Sectors Agri & Food, Horticulture & Starting Materials, and Water & Maritime, within the missions of the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda (KIA) Agriculture, Water and Food. The complete KIA of this theme and the underlying Multiannual, Mission-Driven Innovation Programmes (MMIPs) can be found here.

  • Who can apply

    Pre-proposals and full proposals are submitted by the main applicant and one or more co-applicants. A proposal  is written by a consortium in which besides the applicants other participants are involved as well.