Today, European agriculture has to meet demand
for cheap, plentiful food and non-food products while giving due regard
to issues such as sustainability, animal welfare and the wider needs
of the environment. EU research seeks to expand agricultural knowledge
to support farmers, policy-makers, consumers and regulatory bodies.
Agricultural research is one of six key
actions in the EC's "Quality of Life and Living Resources" programme
which run from 1998-2002, and is still running in several cases.
Key Action 5, covering sustainable agriculture, forestry, fisheries
and rural development funded a range of research projects covering the
following areas: plant
and aquaculture; non-food
agricultural and fisheries policies; and rural
Supporting sustainable production through rational use of the Earth's
limited resources is a guiding principle for KA5, and where possible
research projects embrace innovative new technologies such as biotechnology.
In the framework of the "Quality of Life" fifth programme Key Action
5, DG Research decided to publish the update of the Report "Key
Action 5 Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Research
projects Volume 1 (1999-2001)".
This contains a description of the projects, their results and progress
achieved so far.
The updated data are available on this Website
and are classified by research area: