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.

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020

    Calls for proposals related to animal production systems are spread across numerous schemes in Horizon 2020. This page lists them and explains how you can apply.

  • European agricultural fund for rural development

    The rural development policy supports innovation through a range of interventions, including the European innovation partnership for agriculture (EIP-AGRI).

  • LIFE programme

    Some animal production systems related calls may be found in this programme.

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

Scientific publications, tools and databases

  • Scientific publications¬†

    Scientific publications produced by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

  • Scientific research tools and databases¬†

    The Commission's Joint Research Centre compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools.

  • EU Open Data Portal

    Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

  • OpenAIRE

    You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.