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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: KBBE-2009-1-4-08 | Award Amount: 1.54M | Year: 2010

ERA-ARD II has two strategic objectives: Improving the European contribution to International Agricultural Research (IAR) by promoting joint activities and trans-national programs in the field of Agricultural Research for Development (ARD). Increasing the impact of European contributions in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to sustainable growth in the poorest countries in the world. Achievements of ERA ARD I are: ERA-ARD provided a shared vision and a strategic agenda on ARD in Europe ERA-ARD provided an analysis of collaboration models to the implementation of joint and transnational activities ERA-ARD realised increased involvement of Southern partners through the establishment of a Southern Advisory Group ERA-ARD implemented a transnational call on Bioenergy. The areas for improvement are: Enlargement of the consortium by integrating new Countries (Portugal, Turkey, Finland, etc.). Expand joint and transnational activities initiated during ERA-ARD I Realise joint activities in the Thematic fields: Capacity development, Agri-Food Chain Security and Food & Energy , also related to climate change Involve the end users of the European ARD programmes in the design and implementation of joint and transnational activities Expend the Southern Advisory Group to include stakeholders from all continents The impacts of this ERA-net lies in supporting and enhancing the European Research Area for Development. A greater contribution and visibility of Europe towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals through an increase in effectiveness and efficiency of its research for development programs will be established along with the development of a more coherent European ARD and a facilitated access of developing countries to European ARD expertise. The joint call (s) will result in research that will contribute to meeting the EUs commitment towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENV.2009. | Award Amount: 2.27M | Year: 2010

Climate Change is one of the most important issues facing the world in the 21st century and challenges all four (ecological, economical, social and cultural) dimensions of sustainable development. Europe takes a leading role in the necessary response to these challenges. Severe impacts are unavoidable and European adaptation strategies must be supported by a coherent base of knowledge on its key vulnerabilities and response options. Such a base can only be generated by European, national and regional policy-relevant research. It is CIRCLE-2 ERA-Net prime objective to contribute to those efforts by aligning and networking national and regional research funding and managing organisations as well as their respective programmes. CIRCLE-2 will support a common research agenda and share good practices on adaptation with national and European decision makers, thus contributing to the envisaged EU Clearing House on Climate Change Impacts Vulnerability and Adaptation (CCIVA). CIRCLE-2 (CSA-CA) builds on the experience of previous coordinating and support actions (i.e. CIRCLE CA and SSA) and will develop its activities through a now enlarged network of 23 countries and 3 regions. A flexible work plan will LEAD the consortium to identify common policy-relevant CCIVA research needs. Those needs will serve to DESIGN a joint research agenda and deepen the networking and cooperation activities of the consortium. CIRCLE-2 will FUND transnational joint research initiatives including joint calls for projects on CCIVA. The outcomes of these initiatives and projects will provide the consortium with an updated knowledge base on European, National and Regional CCIVA research and CIRCLE-2 will SHARE this knowledge base with decision-makers at all relevant scales. CIRCLE-2 will thus contribute to the development of both European and national Climate Change response frameworks (e.g. Adaptation Strategies) by facilitating research outputs tailor-made to common needs. International cooperation with non-European countries (e.g. developing countries) as well as the involvement of new EU Member States and candidate countries will be particularly encouraged throughout CIRCLE-2 lifetime.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENV.2010.2.1.4-2 | Award Amount: 2.64M | Year: 2010

The loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems are major scientific and societal challenges. Addressing them and providing scientific support to policy requires a coherent research framework, with coordinated strategies and programmes at the regional and international levels, which are the relevant scales for many biodiversity issues. By networking 21 funding agencies from 15 countries, BiodivERsA2 aims to strengthen the ERA on biodiversity. Building on the experience of the ERA-Net BiodivERsA, but with a wider, more balanced network, BiodivERsA2 will promote a strategy for biodiversity research, in partnership with other players in the field, and will organize joint funding to better integrate biodiversity science. The objectives are to: - develop an efficient agenda-setting mechanism for joint activities (including joint calls),taking into account existing research strategies and agendas at international levels along with national and institutional priorities - instate a recurrent and visible funding opportunity for transnational biodiversity research projects - play an active role in the processes and interfaces to inform policy and users - prepare the establishment of a sustainable, independent funding platform for biodiversity research The project has 6 workpackages. WP1 will promote networking and sharing of best practice, ensuring the rapid integration of new members and the adoption of a framework for joint calls. WP2 will analyse the landscape and cooperate with stakeholders identifying research needs, with science-policy interfaces and with relevant infrastructure programmes. Using outputs of WP1&2, WP3 will produce a roadmap for joint funding and implement 3 calls within the project timespan. These activities will ultimately create the conditions for the network to become a sustainable funding platform for European biodiversity research, which will be fostered by WP4. WP5 will develop and implement a communication strategy and enhance project web-products. WP6 deals with coordination and management.

Gyula K.,Corvinus University of Budapest | Jozsef S.,Corvinus University of Budapest | Zoltan L.,Corvinus University of Budapest | Barbara B.,National Public Service University | And 5 more authors.
Elelmiszervizsgalati Kozlemenyek | Year: 2012

Food retail is a particularly vulnerable segment of the food chain. While the entry and exit points are strictly controlled in most foodprocessing plants to repel non invited visitors, representatives of food retail are interested in having high numbers consumers to visit the store. Considering the aspects of food terrorism this feature is a significant risk factor. Also, while a food manufacturer is usually able to control the safety and quality of the material input and output, food retail would be never able to implement such strict regulations, because the number of different commodities can be more than ten thousand in the same time, arriving usually from hundreds of suppliers. Effective crisis management at this segment of the food chain is also very important because these companies keep the closest relations with customers, which is really a relevant question from the aspects of moral responsibility and protection of business reputation. The article is based on a workshop attended by retail sector, crisis management, food industry, critical infrastructure, consumer and public administration professionals, organized by the Corvinus University of Budapest, Department of Food Economics. This paper analyses the main risk types that food retail companies are facing today. The authors propose measures to manage risks and crisis situations, to ensure quick rehabilitation of damages and to handle the organizational problems of crisis management. In addition, the study deals with relations between crisis management of the companies and the public authorities, as well as summarizing the legal boundaries of these relations.

Agnes S.,SZIE AOTK | Gyula K.,Videkfejlesztesi Miniszterium | Zoltan L.,Corvinus Egyetem | Laszlo O.,SZIE AOTK
Magyar Allatorvosok Lapja | Year: 2011

The clones are offsprings originating from the same nuclear genetic material, produced naturally (identical twins) or by nuclear transfer technology. In the literature review the authors briefly review the practical opportunities of cloning, study both the national and EU legislation of cloned food products and that of human cloning, and summarize the major ethical issues of this technology.

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