UNISECO – Understanding and Improving the Sustainability of Agro-ecological Farming Systems in the EU

Senast ändrad: 02 november 2021

UNISECO aims to strengthen the sustainability of European farming systems, through co-constructing improved and practice-validated strategies and incentives for the promotion of improved agro-ecological approaches.


1 May 2018 - 30 April 2021


UNISECO seeks to enhance the understanding of socio-economic and policy drivers and barriers for further development and implementation of agro-ecological approaches in EU farming systems to identify and facilitate more effective management strategies for European agriculture. This requires a wider systems perspective, considering socio-economic, ecological and political settings at a territorial level.

In UNISECO a socio-ecological systems framework is used to farming systems and practices. The project is based around participatory case studies in 15 European countries with different biophysical, socioeconomic and socio-cultural contexts of farming systems.

The Swedish case study deals with diversification of animal production units towards more crops for direct human consumption in order to reduce the climate impact of food production, improve outcomes for biodiversity, test strategies for diversification which are necessary for transformation to a food system which can be fitted within the planetary boundaries.


EU Horizon 2020, through the work programme topic SFS-29-2017.


The Swedish part is led by Elin Röös


Kajsa Resare Sahlin, Department of Energy and Technology

Rob Hart, Department of Economy

Shon Ferguson, Department of Economy