Horizon 2020 - Expression of interest



‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime

and inland water research and the bioeconomy’


CEMA's priorities & interests in Agricultural Research under H2020 - Societal Challenge 2

European Agriculture has become impressively productive in the last decades thanks to the adoption of technologies helping farmers to improve land management, increase yields levels and target the application of inputs (such as seeds, pesticides, or fertilisers).

However, changes in agriculture come slowly and the level of technology uptake has not been the same across Europe.Significant challenges remain on the horizon: new arable land is limited, natural resources are scarce and need protection, the young generation is at times hesitant to enter the farming sector, while at the same time sufficient amounts of food need to be produced sustainably and affordably for a growing urban population. Here is where Precision Farming and smart machines can help to “produce more with less” encouraging a more productive, resource-efficient, and sustainable agriculture.

In this context, modern agricultural equipment is a central solution in helping farmers to meet the challenge. From ploughing to harvesting, advanced farm equipment with integrated Precision Farming technologies (satellite-based driving systems, sensors, increasing automation, drones) offer promising solutions for farmers at any scale to increase production, farm processes efficiency and environmental protection.

To keep pace and encourage sustainable productivity growth in agriculture in the years to come, further technology innovation and uptake will be crucial to attract young farmers to the sector, make better use of natural resources, and ensure sufficient levels of food production while bringing growth and jobs to rural communities. 

(click here to read the full position on Agricultural Research Priorities on H2020 submitted by CEMA)


What can CEMA offer as partner in EU projects?

  • Access to a unique European network of manufacturers (SMEs and multinational companies) connected to major agri-food stakeholders in Europe and at global level
  • Expertise on the latest technology trends and developments in farm machinery
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies used in precision farming equipment along the entire crop growth cycle
  • Knowledge on research and technology transfer, such as tailor-made adaptation of agricultural equipment to local production conditions and specific challenges in particular geographical areas
  • Optimisation in using existing equipment through e.g. driver training to reduce fuel consumption in agricultural operations


  • Close links to the 4,500 agricultural equipment manufacturers across Europe
  • Liaising with EU agri-food stakeholders
  • Support in communications activities and dissemination of results
  • Cooperation with international partners: FAO, UNIDO, OECD


Agrievolution Alliance – www.agrievolution.com

Agrievolution is a global Alliance for agriculture equipment manufacturing associations that was established in April of 2012 to facilitate collaboration within the agriculture equipment manufacturing industry from a worldwide perspective. Members include ABIMAQ (Brazil), AEA (UK), AEM (US), AXEMA (France), CEMA (EU), FEDERUNACOMA (Italy) FICCI (India), KAMICO (Korea), ROSAGROMASH (Russia), TARMAKBIR (Turkey), VDMA (Germany), JAMMA (Japan), CAMDA (China)


Agri-Food Chain Coalition

The Agri-Food Chain Coalition includes representatives of agricultural input industries such as suppliers of machinery, seeds, fertilizers, crop protection, animal health, feed and biotechnology-based products, the agricultural trade, EU farmers and the European food and drink manufacturing sector. Together, these industries account for about 30 million jobs and 3.5% of the EU's gross value added.


Contact details:

CEMA Secretariat

Phone: 0032 2 706 81 73

Email secretariat@cema-agri.org

Address: Bd. Auguste Reyers, 80 – BE 1030 Brussels (Belgium)



The European Agricultural Machinery Industry

CEMA is the association representing the European agricultural machinery industry. With 11 national member associations, the CEMA network represents both large multinational companies as well as the numerous European SMEs active in this sector. CEMA represents more than 4,500 manufacturers, generating an aggregated annual turnover of EUR 26 billion. 135,000 people are directly employed in the sector, with a further 125,000 people working in distribution and maintenance.