Why does research and innovation on animal production matter?
Pressure will increase on agricultural resources due to growing populations, rising income and global shifts towards consumption patterns which are richer in animal proteins.
Research and innovation will tackle the various dimensions of resource use by looking at approaches at animal-level, agro-ecosystems and throughout value chains.
Implementing circular economy principles will lead to better ways of using residues and by-products by farms. For example, feed for livestock and fertilizer from manure.
It is also expected to change farm management and result in a reduction of the use of natural resources.
The knowledge and tools developed by research and innovation will serve to decrease the role of the livestock sector in the depletion of natural resources.
In the livestock sector, the relationship between animal nutrition and health needs to be further investigated. In addition, the possibilities for improving animal welfare, for example, through more appropriate management (including human animal relationship in farming), need to be further explored.
Calls for proposals and funding information related to agriculture, forestry and rural areas.
The rural development policy supports innovation through a range of interventions, including the European innovation partnership for agriculture (EIP-AGRI).
Some animal production systems related calls may be found in this programme.
Projects and results
This factsheet collects most of the research and innovation related to animal production systems under Horizon 2020 societal challenge 2.
The one-stop shop to EU-funded agricultural innovation projects.
The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects.
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects
Scientific publications, tools and databases
Scientific energy research publications published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Online library of EU energy research publications
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