Towards climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils

Sustainable soil

Our existence is dependent on fertile and productive soil. Healthy soil provides a stable supply of food, clean water, fiber, animal feed, and timber. Sustainable management is key for soil health.

The overall goal of the EJP SOIL programme is to build a sustainable European integrated research system and develop and deploy a reference framework on climate-smart, sustainable agricultural soil management.

What is EJP SOIL?

EJP SOIL is a European Joint Programme on Agricultural Soil Management addressing key societal challenges including climate change and future food supply.

EJP SOIL unites a unique group of 26 partners from 24 European countries in a 5 year programme.

EJP SOIL is funded by the European union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The aim is to pool na­tional research efforts in order to make better use of Europe’s research and development resources.


Soil sustains a huge biodiversity and contributes to the provision of a wide range of ecosystem services and as the largest store of carbon on land.

However, soil is a limited and fragile resource and European agriculture must adapt and be­come more resilient to extreme climate changes.

Improved knowledge and farming practices are funda­mental when addressing future challenges. The necessary actions require societal, scientific, policy, economic and educational capacities.

EJP SOIL goal is to improve the understanding of agricultural soil management by finding synergies in research, strengthen­ing research communities and raising public awareness.

EJP SOIL considers the need for effective policy solutions and strategic multi-actor approach allowing to initi­ate inter-society dialogue and implementation of best practices.