Following an initiative tabled by the European Parliament in 2013, the European Commission (DG Agriculture and Rural Development) contracted two preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture.
The first preparatory action was launched in July 2014 for a period of two years and the second in January 2016 for a period of three years.
The aim of the first preparatory action was to deliver inputs on how to improve communication, knowledge exchange and networking among all the actors potentially interested in the conservation of genetic resources in agriculture. In addition, the first preparatory action aimed to find ways towards a sustainable and economically viable use of these resources.
The objectives of the second study are to provide inspiring examples of how to make the conservation of neglected breeds and varieties economically viable and encourage farmers and other stakeholders to engage in similar projects across the EU.
The results of the first preparatory action are available on the European Commission DG AGRI web site and the reports of the second study will be made available on the same website by early 2019.
We look forward to seeing you in Nantes!