MAGNET (Modular Applied GeNeral Equilibrium Tool) is a global general equilibrium model. A distinguishing feature of the model is its modular structure, which allows the model to be tailored to the research question at hand. MAGNET has been widely used to simulate the impacts of agricultural, trade, land and bioenergy policies on the global economy with a particular focus on the impacts on land use, agricultural prices, nutrition and household food security. It is listed in the MIDAS, the inventory of models used by the European Commission for impact assessment.
The MAGNET consortium, includes Wageningen Economic Research (lead), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Thünen-Institute (TI).
On March 6 the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Piet Adema, visited Wageningen University & Research (WUR). MAGNET team leader Hans van Meijl was among the group of WUR researchers that was invited for the meeting.
Today, the European Commission published the yearly EU agricultural outlook report, which presents the outlook for major EU agricultural markets, income and environment from now until 2032. This time, the report includes also a short chapter analysing some dimensions of food security using a selected set of indicators, provided also by the MAGNET model (see section 5).
Jason Levin-Koopman from the MAGNET team presented the MAGNET model and operational philosophy to an audience of modelers and data stewards from Wageningen UR, during the Wageningen model and data steward workshop.
Last October 16th, our colleagues Willem-Jan and Marcos had a blast at Half Marathon Amsterdam. This event is the biggest half marathon of the Netherlands and leads participants through the center of Amsterdam and ends in the Olympic Stadium.
A new project entitled the BrightSpace Project funded under Horizon Europe is launched to design a roadmap for effective and sustainable strategies for assessing and addressing the challenges of EU agriculture to navigate within a Safe and Just Operating Space.