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Pioneer Center for Landscape Research in Sustainable Agricultural Futures (Land-CRAFT)

Understanding interactions between agriculture and nature to pave the way for a green transition of agriculture

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Land-CRAFT is the second in a series of Pioneer Centres initiated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The research centre will find solutions for how to best utilise the interaction between agriculture and nature in order to get the most out of our farmlands and at the same time reduce the burden on our biodiversity and climate. One of our major societal challenges is that food production accounts for one-third of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to this, by 2050 we need to produce 60% more food on a global scale than we do today.

The centre is formed as an international partnership between Aarhus University, the University of Copenhagen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and Colorado State University in the US. The ambition is to gain a better understanding of the interaction between agriculture and nature and thus the processes that lead to greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and of how these processes play together at landscape level – covering larger areas than the individual field. The goal is to develop an interdisciplinary and data-driven approach to creating solutions that can help mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, both in Denmark and internationally.

A total of more than DKK 240 million has been allocated to the centre over 13 years. The Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted DKK 72.5 million of the total amount.

Read more about Land-CRAFT here.