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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

Deutsche Agrarforschungsallianz (DAFA) - Germany

Deutsche Agrarforschungsallianz (DAFA)

About DAFA

The DAFA is a joint effort of the German agricultural research community. Its 61 Member organizations bundle their expertise to strengthen the capacity and international visibility of German agricultural research. The alliance generates a powerful network of basic and applied research scientists in agriculture, veterinary sciences, nutritional and food sciences, forestry, horticulture, viticulture, fisheries and aquaculture, as well as parts of geo and environmental sciences.



The increasing global demand for meat, dairy and fish creates a number of challenges: the products must be safe, healthy and come from sustainable production based on high animal welfare and environmental standards. To face these challenges DAFA set out two expert forums bearing a relation to the ATF’s scope of interest: on livestock farming and on aquaculture.

These expert forums focus on areas that are particularly relevant to the controversial debate about intensive livestock production. They strive to make relevant contributions in order to induce changes in the European livestock sector. These changes shall be science-based and measurable. The expert forum on livestock farming comprises six thematic clusters: Society, indicators, rural areas, cattle, pigs and poultry. In aquaculture the DAFA strategy promotes a responsible development that considers global competitiveness as well as societal expectations. Details can be found at


DAFA in the Animal Task Force

DAFA represents the German scientific community in the ATF. As the leading agricultural research network DAFA provides expertise in basic as well as applied research on  livestock systems. Its diversity leads to an interdisciplinary vision of the animal sector that faces societal, economic and ecological issues. DAFA is committed to contribute this knowledge to the success of ATF.

Main contributors to Animal Task Force are five representatives from the Animal Science Group of DAFA:

  • Kay-Uwe Goetz, Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture (Spokesperson)
  • Robby Anderson, Osnabrueck University of Applied Science
  • Sven Daenicke, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health
  • Brigitte Petersen, University of Bonn
  • Klaus Wimmers, Leibniz-Institute for Farm Animal Biology


More Information:

Martin Erbs
DAFA c/o Thünen-Institut
Bundesallee 50
D-3116 Braunschweig




News Headlines

2017 ATF events - 08 June 2017
ATF-EAAP Special Session
28 August 2017
Tallinn, Estonia

ATF annual Seminar
26 October 2017
Brussels, Belgium


2nd White Paper of ATF - 06 February 2017
2016 was an important year for the European Horizon2020 research agenda setting. The ATF has worked all year long on a Second White Paper (2016) of suggested priorities for research and innovation for the Horizon2020 2018-2020 Work Programme.
Today, we are pleased to announce that the Second White Paper is now available.
This update of the First White Paper (2013) and Addendum (2014) was prepared by the Animal Task Force Presidency and members. It was largely inspired by a dialogue with key stakeholders and institutions in Europe and through the participation of various events related to the European research and innovation agenda and policy setting, to provide a consulted contribution from the animal production sector to the agenda setting for research and innovation.

2nd White Paper
Appendix 2 of the 2nd White Paper


Roadmap for Sustainable EU Livestock. - 30 June 2017

Making food production more sustainable is one of the greatest challenges of our times. In the face of global population growth, increased demand for animal protein, and climate action commitments, we need to ask ourselves how the EU livestock sector can become more sustainable? How can more be produced with less?
Official website 

Environmental sustainability of livestock production - 14 February 2016

Following the first debate entitled “Environmental sustainability of livestock production” organised by ELANCO, EU40 presented “Sustainable EU Livestock Actions Towards an Innovative, Climate", at the European Parliament, Brussels, 27 April 2016. We are pleased to share the ppts and videos of the event, below:


Videos: Overview of the session:

Interview with the ATF President Mr. Jean Louis Peyraud:

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WAFL2017 - 21 November 2016
7th International Conference
on the Assessment of Animal Welfare
at Farm and Group Level

5-8 September 2017

Wageningen, The Netherlands

Official website here