Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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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 agriculturewhich took place from 2013 to 2019.

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 activities related to the conservation of genetic resources in agriculture. 

The objective of the second study  was to better understand the stakes of European neglected genetic resources in agriculture and to tap onto their economic potential. This preapratory action provided 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.


This 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.  The EC-DG Agriculture has published the main reports on its website and on the EU bookshop

All deliverables produced during the two preparatory actions (case studies, reports, and analyses) are published on this website under “reports & conclusions” .

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