FNR and Ministry of Agriculture sign MoU and launch joint Call

On 3 June 2021, the FNR and the Luxembourg Ministry of Agriculture signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), announcing the launch of a joint Call on “Sustainable and resilient agriculture and food systems”, which will open on 15 June 2021.

Marc Schiltz (FNR Secretary General) on the left, Romain Schneider (Minister for Agriculture) on the right
The Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development (MAVDR), Romain Schneider, and the Secretary-General of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), Marc Schiltz, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday 3 June 2021.

The evolution towards sustainable and resilient agriculture and food systems is indeed a priority of the governmental programme. While COVID-19 has shown the importance of modern and local agriculture, efforts to protect the environment, biodiversity and climate are all the more necessary.

To achieve these goals, the Ministry of Agriculture and the FNR have decided to join forces to support policy development and decision-making in these areas.

“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is also part of the recovery plan for agriculture, which is based on three pillars: consolidation – promotion – innovation,” said Minister Romain Schneider, specifying that innovation and scientific research constitute a significant lever to enable the agricultural sector to face these challenges with the appropriate means and technologies.

The objective is to develop innovative, resilient and sustainable agricultural practices and systems adapted to the specificities of the Luxembourg agricultural sector.

This first joint call for projects thus contributes to supporting applied multidisciplinary research in these three areas:

  • the adaptation of Luxembourg agriculture to climate change
  • adaptation of local agricultural practices to mitigate the impact on water resources
  • adaptation of local agricultural practices to mitigate the impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services in agro-ecosystems.

Cross-border collaborations are strongly encouraged to allow high-level research consortia with complementary expertise to develop and exchange knowledge.

With a total budget of 2 MEUR, the call for projects will be launched on 15 June 2021, and the relevant information will be published on the dedicated FNR-MAVDR programme page.

Go to FNR-MAVDR programme page

This substantial financial package demonstrates the importance of the collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and the FNR.

The Minister of Agriculture emphasises that this innovative approach is also part of the “Landwirtschaft+” approach for economic, social and ecological strengthening of the agricultural sector.

Romain Schneider and Marc Schiltz underline that this collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and the FNR is a milestone that will enable the agricultural sector to move towards sustainable and resilient food systems while strengthening its position in the supply chain from farm to fork.

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