The Co-operative Research Programme: Sustainable Agricultural and Food Systems (CRP), established in 1979, aims to strengthen scientific knowledge and provide relevant scientific information to feed into future policy decisions related to the sustainable use of natural resources, in the areas of food, agriculture, forests and fisheries. International co-operation in these fields becomes increasingly important as food production systems are more and more globalised.
The CRP promotes such international co-operation annually through funding conferences/workshops and research fellowships related to three themes.
The CRP concentrates on broad research themes within each of which are priority areas of research. Operating on a 5-year cycle, the CRP reviews, updates and amends the research themes and priority areas of research to keep abreast of new developments in agriculture, food, fisheries and forest research.
Theme 1: Managing natural capital helps to ensure the availability and the quality of natural resources.
Theme 2: Strengthening resilience in the face of multiple risks in a connected world through research helps to anticipate, pre-empt and cope with potential and real impacts on agricultural systems and food security.
Theme 3: Transformational technologies and innovation make it possible to achieve a step change.