Science, technology and innovation policy



New international research collaboration on sustainable temperate agriculture

A very significant proportion of global agricultural production originates from “temperate” (non-tropical) countries, and this proportion may increase with climate change. The development of sustainable agriculture processes requires the development of new policies and management strategies to:

» meet growing demands for food, feed, fibre and fuel

» help to protect or restore our damaged environment

» provide long-term economic and social viability for farmers

A new internationally-coordinated network mechanism could respond to emerging challenges such as sustainable intensification (driving agricultural productivity gains while using inputs more efficiently, and lowering environmental pressures by controlling losses of water and nutrients, and reducing greenhouse gases), and resilience (the development of farming systems that respond well to economic and climatic shocks). In addition, it could facilitate the development of internationally-accepted, common methods for assessing the sustainability and efficiency of current, emerging and novel agricultural practices and systems that aim to improve the productivity of agriculture.

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What is TempAg?

TempAg is an international research network for governments and institutions seeking to increase the impact and return on the investments that Members make in their national research programmes. TempAg will assist Members to respond to emerging challenges. The overarching scientific goal of the network is to deliver resilient agricultural production systems at multiple levels with specific focus on:

a) Optimising Land Management to Produce Food and Other Ecosystem Services at the Landscape Level

b) Sustainably Improving Food Productivity at the Farm/Enterprise Level

TempAg membership consists of research institutions nominated by and representing a national government.

To learn more about TempAg, please visit the TempAg website.



For further information, please contact Frédéric Sgard of the OECD Global Science Forum.



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