European Research Area NETwork on Sustainable Animal Production Systems
The scope for this ERA-NET has been developed under the SCAR Collaborative Working Group on Sustainable Animal Production (CWG-SAP). Funding organisations from 23 European countries initially seeked to support one co-funded call followed by other joint activities including the development of a Common Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda on Sustainable Animal Production, a joint European research effort to further develop a sustainable European animal production based on the three pillars of sustainability - economy, environment and society.
Research and Innovation Agenda
SusAn’s Common Strategic Research and Innovation (R&I) Agenda has the aim to contribute to the transformation of livestock production within the European agri-food system. The term “transformation” here means change that is fundamental, i.e. more radical than that brought about by “business as usual”. For the livestock sector, this means that, despite the zootechnical progress made during the past decades, continued progress in agricultural sciences alone will most likely not be sufficient. In addition, political and socio-economic considerations can be expected to provide significant contributions to more sustainable production and consumption.
Livestock production is a highly political issue and the scientific community does not have any political mandate. However, the field of agricultural sciences can be used to inform and to support political decision making.
Susan is an ERA-Net Cofund Action under H2020, which aims to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in the field of Sustainable Animal Production through enhanced cooperation and coordination of different national and regional research programmes. In this regards susan supports the three pillars of sustainability - economy, environment and society - and targets opportunities for innovative research spanning all areas of animal production such as health and welfare, feeding and nutrition, reproduction, breeding and genetics, housing, nutrient management and economics. Partners in ERA-NET SusAn endorse scientific excellence and recommend an integrated, interdisciplinary, cross-cutting and multi-actor approach to research and knowledge exchange which reflects the complexity of the research requirements for sustainable European animal production. More