A strong demand from public authorities, agriculture professionals, and society in general, all over Europe, has spurred collaborative research in order to accelerate the agroecological transition. To face a challenge of this magnitude the joint declaration of intent “Towards a Chemical Pesticide-free Agriculture” aims to rethink the way research is carried out and develop new common research and experimentation strategies, not just at a national level, but throughout the whole continent. This declaration was signed today by 24 research organisations from 16 European countries. Driven by the French Institute INRAE and its German counterparts ZALF and JKI, this unprecedented endeavour has brought the European research community together around this ambitious vision of an agriculture free of chemical pesticides. The declaration, formalised on 23 February at the Paris International Agricultural Show, with the support of the French minister of agriculture Didier Guillaume, establishes a European research alliance, aiming to build a scientific roadmap that will soon be presented to the European Commission, as a contribution to the European Green Deal.

    For almost 18 months, INRAE and its German partners from the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and the German Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (JKI) have been building a dialogue among European researchers and stakeholders with the purpose of setting a common research strategy. Their objective was ambitious: to define a new transdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder research strategy that will allow them to offer solutions for the transition towards a chemical pesticide-free agriculture all around the continent. Today, 24 European research institutes signed a declaration of intent to share this bold vision. This agreement echoes the European Green Deal for a sustainable ecological transition in Europe, which was announced by the European Commission in December 2019 to encourage the adoption of ambitious measures. The measures announced involve multiple sectors—agriculture, food, and the environment—with the objective of developing a sustainable agriculture and producing healthy food, while maintaining productive and economically sound agri-food systems.
    Through their network, the 24 signatory organisations have already drawn up multiple common research avenues, such as establishing a better use of agro-ecological principles to develop disease resistant production systems, exploiting the high potential of plant selection, developing the use of new technologies and agro-equipments, and understanding the levers and obstacles of the socio-economic transition, among others. The roadmap being devised calls into question the current research methods by integrating systemic and multidisciplinary approaches. The new methods must reinforce the links between the production of knowledge and the experimentation process, both in the lab and in the field. The goal is an open science system, where researchers work closely together with the world of agriculture to implement changes promptly, sharing their work and its results all over the continent, including all types of agriculture, and integrating the variety of climates and soils in order to test the alternative solutions at a bigger scale.
    These 24 research institutions decided to act together to find alternatives to the use of chemical pesticides in Europe and to support national and European public policies.
    The signatories

    1. Aarhus University, Denmark
    2. Agricultural Academy, Bulgaria
    3. Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
    4. Agroscope, Switzerland
    5. Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Italia
    6. Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement, France
    7. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italia
    8. Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Hungary
    9. French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment– INRAE, France
    10. Institute of Agriculture and Food Biotechnology – IBPRS, Poland
    11. Julius Kühn-Institute – JKI, Germany
    12. Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Latvia
    13. Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research – ZALF, Germany
    14. National Agriculture Research and Innovation Centre – NAIK, Hungary
    15. Natural Resources Institute Finland – Luke, Finland
    16. Rzeszow University of Technology, Poland
    17. Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italia
    18. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – SLU, Sweden
    19. Szent István University, Hungary
    20. Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Ireland
    21. University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine - USAMV – Bucharest, Romania
    22. University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland
    23. Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy, Lithuania
    24. Zagreb University, Faculty of Agriculture, Croatia


    Memorandum of understanding / joint declaration of intent – between the partners of the European Alliance ‘Towards a Chemical Pesticide-free Agriculture » (link)

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    SJTU Advanced Training Program Recruitment-Precision Agriculture and the Future



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    Shanghai Jiao Tong University “The Belt and Road Initiative” Advanced Training Program—Precision Agriculture and the Future aims at recruiting talents from “The Belt and Road Initiative” countries to join the academic training in the field of precision agriculture and the future.

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    Between 15th-27th of October 2018, a delegation of USAMV București made up of teachers and students, participates in training courses - The 2nd "Belt and Road Initiative", Advanced Training Program for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Safety in China at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.