Inanna Hamati-Ataya, Principal Research Associate / ERC Principal Investigator for ARTEFACT and founding director of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies, has been awarded a €150,000, 12 month European Research Council Proof of Concept grant for a new research project.

A New Noah’s Ark: Securing the Transfer of Ancestral Agricultural Knowledges Across Europe’s Changing Regions of Environmental Suitability

The project (acronym: NOAH), will run for 12-18 months, with Inanna Hamati-Ataya as Principal Investigator, as well as a postdoc researcher and a senior research associate.

Climate change is affecting Europe’s agricultural map, by warming up its ancient agricultural regions in the Old World Mediterranean (OWM) and creating New World Mediterranean (NWM) regions farther north. It is also disrupting historical patterns of agricultural innovation and transfer, which require time for trial-and-error processes to bear their fruits, long-term socio-geographical stability, and safe inter-generational transmission structures. The collapse of these parameters threatens the preservation and transfer of Europe’s ancestral agricultural knowledges precisely when she most needs them, undermining her heritage and future socio-economic security. No systemic knowledge-transfer provision currently exists, either in the public or private sector, to address this problem and support European family farming, which the FAO considers to be the core and foundation of sustainable development. As a result, small- and medium-sized producers in regions losing optimal suitability for agricultural production are left with no realistic adaptation strategies, and no long-term security for their cultural and productive assets. Their counterparts in increasingly suitable regions of production concurrently lack the traditional know-how required to fully exploit their productive capacities and attract investments, and the market advantage that certified designations afford their global competitors. To solve this problem, NOAH will develop and test a new and holistic producer-centred service that combines anthropological mapping, value-certification, and licensing-based knowledge- transfer, to mediate the protected, rapid, and mutually beneficial transmission of ancestral agricultural know-how across environmentally changing areas of production. The service will be provided through the incorporation of a social enterprise that aims to support endangered family farmers across Europe and help them protect their productive and cultural assets.

166 researchers funded by the European Research Council (ERC) have won Proof of Concept Grants.

Worth €150,000 each, this top-up funding will help them bridge the gap between the results of their pioneering research and the early phases of its commercialisation.

The grants are part of the EU’s research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe.

Proposals from the social sciences and humanities (SH) domain won only 11% of all grants.

Among the winners, there were 92 female grantees. The proportion of women among both applicants and grantees increased from last year.



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