The activity of the UPM Community of Agriculture 4DS aims to contribute, within its range of action, to address some of what are considered to be the great Scientific and technological challenges for a 21st century sustainable agricultural production.


There is a consensus that agriculture will be the human activity most affected by climate change and its associated effects. In addition to this environmental scenario for agri-food production, there is the challenge of world population growth that could compromise food availability.

In summary, the UPM Community of Agriculture 4DS will address the following challenges and needs:

  • •  Adaptation to novel eco-physiological scenarios for crops
  • •  Establishment of more sustainable agri-food systems
  • •  Need for new agricultural practices and technologies
  • •  Development of new biological solutions
  • •  Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
  • •  Conservation of plant biodiversity and wild ecosystems
  • •  Assimilation of the importance of the soil as a base for food production
  • •  Development of a new intelligent multi-stress agriculture

The following Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are identified with which the aim of the Agri4DS Community is aligned in response to the great global challenges of future agriculture and its interaction with: food, food security and health, use of water resources, production and value chains, adaptation and mitigation of climate change:

  •   SDG 2 - Zero Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  •   SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  •   SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  •   SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  •   SDG 13 - Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  •   SDG 15 - Life on Land: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss




These global challenges materialized in the SDGs are fully or partially transferred to the following European Policies and Strategies with which the activity of the 4DS Agriculture Community is also aligned:

European Green Deal
Farm to Fork Strategy
Biodiversity strategy for 2030
Bioeconomy Strategy
Horizon Europe Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe
Food 2030