Making sustainable agriculture and food production a reality
WHAT IS AT
Agriculture has been revolutionized in the 20th century in order to make it much more productive and to tackle world hunger: today, in a Western country, a farmer can feed up to 50-150 people.
But to do that, agriculture has relied on monocultures, that diminish the quality of soils, and on herbicide and weed killer that can have damaging effects on the local biodiversity and microbiome.
That is why we need we need new tools to measure soil quality and biodiversity, and new solutions to preserve them.
>WHAT IS THE GRANDCHALLENGE ABOUT
The Joint European Disruptive Initiative, the European ARPA,
will launch scientific & technology Challenges around:
TRACKING SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION
MASSIVELY DECREASE THE USE OF FERTILIZERS
TRACK BIODIVERSITY IN REAL TIME
DIVIDE CROP-ROTATION COSTS BY 5X
FIND ALTERNATIVES TO GLYPHOSATE
MEASURING MICROBIOME & SOIL QUALITY
Starting soon, we will be welcoming all proposals from the best teams globally that can provide solutions to one of the 6 Challenges listed above.
We will then finetune specific JEDI Challenges with highly-ambitious metrics for success, that will be launched in 2022.