National Transformation Pathways for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems is expanding. Country teams in China, Uruguay, and the United Kingdom have been joined by two new teams in France and the Netherlands! A new grant from FACCE SURPLUS which supports European collaboration on research will allow country teams at IDDRI and Wageningen University to develop national pathways for sustainable agriculture, and with further support the UK team based at Rothamsted Research.

The project, “TSARA” (Towards Sustainable And Resilient Agriculture) will start in March 2016 and use the target-setting and backcasting approaches already developed. Teams in Poland (based at the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow), Italy (based at The Desertification Research Centre of the University of Sassari) and New Zealand (based at Invermay Agricultural Centre) will also be involved in the project.

FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems) improves collaboration across the European Research Area in the range of diverse, but integrated, food and non-food biomass production and transformation systems, including biorefining. FACCE SURPLUS is an ERA-NET Cofund, formed in collaboration between the European Commission and a partnership of 15 countries in the frame of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI).