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THE ROLE OF DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN DISADVANTAGED AREAS

Objective



Background :

Livestock farming remains the cornerstone of agricultural activity throughout much of the less-favoured and lagging regions of the EU. Livestock products are vitally important as a component of rural income and employment, and as a supply of raw materials for added-value processing at the local level

The objective is : to establish a European network of researchers studying the role of
livestock production systems in disadvantaged areas, in relation to rural development/agricultural policy, economic activity, animal/environment interactions and landscape ecology.

Short description of the project :

The proposal is to establish a European network of researchers studying the role of
livestock production systems in disadvantaged areas in relation to rural development/agricultural policies, economic activities, animal/environment interactions and landscape management. It will :
- Integrate livestock systems research with research on agricultural policy and
socio-economic changes related to livestock in disadvantaged areas;
- generate information on the economic outcome of diversification;
- exchange information etc. and disseminate results.

There will be four sub-groups :
1. live-stock production systems;
2. rural development & agricultural policy;
3. adding value to livestock products;
4. environment interactions.

The network would help improve the integration of research activities in these areas, and promote the prospects of further research relevant to the objectives. It would also generate information on the economic significance of diversifications in rural development systems through a series of agreed feasibility studies.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Address
Craigiebuckler
AB9 2QJ Aberdeen
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Iera Odos Str., 75
118 55 Athens - Votanikos
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y TECHNOLOGIA
Spain
Address
Ctra. De La Coruna, Km. 7 - P.o. Box 8111
28040 Madrid
PARC REGIONAL DE BROTONNE
France
Address
Maison Du Parc
76940 Notre-dame De Bliquetuit
Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
United Kingdom
Address
581 King Street
AB9 1UD Aberdeen