Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture


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 three years.

The aim of the first preparatory action is to deliver inputs on how to improve communication, knowledge exchange and networking among all the actors potentially interested in activities related to the conservation of genetic resources in agriculture. Finally, the preparatory action aims to find ways towards a sustainable and economically viable use of these resources.

The objectives of the second study  are to better understand the stakes of European neglected genetic resources in agriculture and to tap onto their economic potential. It aims 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 geographic coverage of the studies is the  28 EU Member States.

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.


This project website has been created in order to raise awareness regarding these studies, as well as to provide opportunity for interested stakeholders to access relevant material and to interact with the study team. This website will be updated regularly. If you would like to register your interest in this study, please fill in the online form. All persons who register will be contacted via email.