The main aim of EJP SOIL is to develop a sustainable framework for an integrated community of researchers working on related aspects of agricultural soil management. The major aspects of knowledge on agricultural soil management to be addressed are:
The EJP SOIL programme targets key societal challenges such as food and water security, sustainable agricultural production, climate change adaptation and mitigation; ecosystem services delivery, biodiversity preservation and human health and well being.
Climate-smart sustainable management is the application of operations, practices, and treatments to protect soil and enhance its performance. It includes controlling traffic, avoiding excessive tillage, managing pests and nutrients efficiently, selecting adequate crops and rotations, keeping the soil covered, increasing diversity (crops, soil, landscape), managing irrigation efficiently, adding organic matter.
The long term Expected Impact of EJP SOIL is that the farming sector becomes a steward of land and soil resources in Europe and farmers contribute to the adaptation of agroecosystems to climate change and to climate change mitigation. To achieve this, a long-term alignment of agricultural soil research in Europe is needed. EJP SOIL has six expected areas of impact related to changes in practices, capacity, and policy resulting from the use of programme outputs and outcomes:
Read more about the European Roadmap - The Roadmap for EJP SOIL functions as an agenda for the activities of EJP SOIL and describes a vision for climate-smart and sustainable agricultural soil management.