The applications demonstrate a gender balance, and all the countries participating in the call – Iceland, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden – have successfully mobilised research groups.
Special Adviser at NordForsk Kyösti Lempa says:
”The call will result in new projects, which give rise to new research networks and new co-operation to advance sustainable agriculture in the region. The research projects will help make the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Vision 2030 a reality.”
Climate change will affect agriculture and influence food and feed security in the Nordic and Baltic region in several ways. The programme will support and develop research co-operation in four priority areas:
- Plants adapted for future Nordic and Baltic conditions
- Increased local and regional protein production for food and feed
- Plants and soil as a carbon sink
- Transformation towards climate-smart and profitable local and regional agriculture
There are eight funding partners in addition to NordForsk: The Estonian Research Council, Formas – a Swedish research council for sustainable development, the Research Council of Norway, the Academy of Finland, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, the Research Council of Lithuania, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania, and Rannis – the Icelandic Centre for Research.
The decision on which projects are to be granted funding is likely to be at the end of 2022. The projects will probably start in early 2023.