The effects of climate change in some geographical regions are frequently the subject of research and projects. Consequently, knowledge and analysis on the cross-border climate vulnerabilities of food systems have hardly received any attention.

CREATE aims to develop a novel cross-border climate risk/impact assessment methodology for food value chains based on embedded resource use (e.g., water, land, carbon) trade concept that maps representative connections between European socio-economic activities and remote climatic hazards in Africa and Turkey.

Activities & Expected Results

CREATE’s assessment on climate starts from the farm level in Africa and Turkey, focusing on crop yield changes under different climatic stressors and translates these impacts in a cascading way to the food systems and value chain in the EU in terms of vulnerabilities. It also examines the socio-economic and environmental effects of trade relations.

-The study will focus on four case studies:

  • The Netherlands (Europe, importing country),
  • Turkey (Europe, importing/exporting country),
  • Morocco (Africa, exporting country), and
  • Egypt (Africa, exporting country).

-Workshops will be held with stakeholders and cross-border climate risk analysis will be carried out individually.

-Cross-border products will be determined that will affect the countries mutually in case of a possible lack of supply due to the climate crisis.

-Climate vulnerabilities of key crops and food products, water risks and impacts in the regions will be determined

– The project outputs will increase awareness of the risks posed by climate change for the agro-food trade and the economy. Through case studies, governments (macro-scale), communities (meso-scale) and producers (micro-scale) will gain essential insights into mitigating the consequences of climate change on the agri-food trade.

01/09/2021 – 31/08/2023

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“This project is part of the programme of the ERA‐NET Cofund FOSC that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 862555”.

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