CFF Awarded Research Grant of RM1.2 million from the EU LANDSUPPORT Project

NEWS RELEASE
7 June 2018

Crops For the Future (CFF) successfully secured a RM1.2 million grant as one of the partners in the ‘LANDSUPPORT’ project funded by Horizon 2020 -  the biggest European Union Research and Innovation programme. The project is a consortium of 19 global partners, with a total group funding amounting close to RM 32.3 million (EUR 7 million).
 
LANDSUPPORT is an open and freely accessible decision support system that enables the evaluation of trade-offs between land uses to support the development of sustainable agriculture, forestry and environmental policies and practices. 
 
CFF Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Sayed Azam-Ali said that this is another milestone for CFF. “It is a great honour to have received recognition as one of the 19 partners in this international project. This will open a window of opportunities for CFF to gain access to high-level European Union land use platforms, databases and partners, and will have significant benefits for the agriculture for Malaysia when the project is implemented locally.”
 
The objective of LANDSUPPORT is to integrate the existing databases with new, high performance modelling engines simulating agriculture and forestry, land degradation and environmental issues. The system will be validated (e.g. crop yield) by remote sensing data and will be based on state-of-the-art technology for the developing environment (i.e. COMPSs), high-performing computing (e.g. GPU) and massive raster data management (e.g. RASDAMAN).
 
The grant funding will allow CFF’s CropBASE research programme to lead the project in Malaysia, particularly by using existing crop suitability and mapping tools for agricultural diversification to optimise cropping and agroforestry systems. “We believe CFF’s experience in this project will allow it to make positive contribution in improving land related policies in Malaysia as well as the world,” Prof. Azam-Ali added. 
 
“With LANDSUPPORT, we want to demonstrate the reconciliation of agricultural and environmental goals in land use management is not a wicked, unsolvable problem but a complex challenge that can be addressed by a thorough analysis of the appropriate supporting data,” said the project coordinator,  Prof. Fabio Terribile, Director of CRISP Interdepartmental Research Centre, University of Naples Federico II.
 
The project officially started in May 2018 and is expected to be completed in 42 months. LANDSUPPORT will run test cases at four geographical scales: European Union, National (Italy, Hungary and Austria), Regional (an Italian and Hungarian region) and locally (pilot sites in Austria, Italy, Hungary, Tunisia and Malaysia).
 
 
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774234
 
Full list of partners:
 
1. UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II (Italy)
2.  ARIESPACE SRL (Italy)
3. BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER (Spain)
4. UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN (Austria)
5. CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE (Italy)
6. CROPS FOR THE FUTURE RESEARCH CENTRE (Malaysia)
7. INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH IN THE DRY AREAS (Lebanon)
8. FELSOBBFOKU TANULMANYOK INTEZETE (Hungary)
9. ISPRA - ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE (Italy)
10. RASDAMAN GMBH (Germany)
11. JRC - JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE EUROPEAN COMMISSION (Belgium)
12. REGIONE CAMPANIA (Italy)
13. PANNON EGYETEM (Hungary)
14. UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO (Italy)
15. ZALA MEGYEI ONKORMANYZATA (Hungary)
16. CMAST (Belgium)
17. ACTEON SARL (France)
18. UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG GMBH (Austria)
19. GOZDARSKI INSTITUT SLOVENIJE (Slovenia)