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Steering animal production systems towards sustainable future

Challenge - Current decision-making regarding sustainable development of animal production systems (APS) is hindered by a lack of evidence-based knowledge about the multi-dimensional consequences of innovations.

Objectives - AnimalFuture will design strategies for assessing and enhancing the sustainability of APS.

Expected results - An indicator-based decision support tool will be developed for assessing and benchmarking European APS according to benefits and costs induced by innovations. The multi-dimensional consequences of innovations on benefits and costs of APS will thus be evaluated. The capacity of European animal sectors to facilitate sound changes will be improved by gaining a thorough understanding of the trade-offs between benefits and costs. Guidance will be provided by scientists and animal production actors, through which the latter can reinforce their innovation capacity.

Potential Impact - This project will move farm management closer to the efficiency frontier through innovations, while considering social and environmental trade-offs. Insight will be gained into how APS can increase efficiency of feed utilization, recycle waste and exploit potentials to convert biomass resources not directly edible for humans into high-quality protein sources. Transparency and comprehensive accounting for on-farm practices will raise awareness of animal sector actors, citizens and policy makers about the often-neglected benefits that animal systems provide to society.

Coordinated by: Dr. Muriel Tichit - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (FRANCE) - Contact

Funded by: ANR, BMLFUW, BMEL, INIA, DEFRA, FCT and NWO as part of the ERA-NET Cofund SusAn through a virtual common pot model including EU Top-Up funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no 696231).

7 research partners:

  • FRANCE: Institut de l’Elevage
  • AUSTRIA: Universitaet Klagenfurt
  • GERMANY: Bayerische Landesanstalt fur Landwirtschaft
  • SPAIN: Centro de Investigacion y Tecnologia Agroalimentaria de Aragon
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Scotland’s Rural College
  • PORTUGAL: Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento
  • THE NETHERLANDS: Wageningen University

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This project has been funded by ANR, BMLFUW, BMEL, NWO, FCT, INIA and DEFRA as a part of the ERA-Net Cofund SusAn (grantnr 696231) through a virtual common pot model with EU top-up.