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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

CREA - Italy

About CREA


The Agricultural Research Council (CRA) is a national research organization which operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MiPAAF) with general scientific competence on agriculture, agroindustry, agrifood, fishery, aquaculture and forestry, seed certification and analysis of agricultural policy and economics. CRA, established in 1999, is the third institutional research body in Italy and the first in agricultural research. In 2012 the activities of National Research Institute on Food and Nutrition (INRAN) and of National Institute of Elected Seeds (ENSE), were added to CRA’s activities. Scientific and experimental competencies cover: crops, arboriculture, animal production, agro-industry processes; agrifood and seed certification.
In 2014 CRA has incorporated the National Institute of Agricultural Economics (INEA). INEA has developed over the years a valid and recognized experience in the analysis of agricultural policies.
At present, 17 Research Centres and 32 Research Units throughout Italy, organized in 4 Departments, with 5,000 hectares of experimental farms, host the daily work and dedication of some 2,500 people, including researchers and other professionals.



The increasing global demand for meat, dairy products and aquacultured species creates a number of challenges: the products must be safe, healthy and come from sustainable production based on high standards for animal welfare and environmental impact. To face these challenges, CREA counts on specialized researchers on livestock farming and on aquaculture: they strive to make relevant contributions in order to induce changes in the European livestock sector. These changes shall be science-based and measurable. Specialized Research Centers of CREA perform research activities across all disciplines of animal production.


CREA in the Animal Task Force

CREA represents the Italian scientific community in ATF. As the leading institution in agricultural research, CREA provides expertise in basic as well as applied research on livestock systems. Its assets lead to an interdisciplinary vision of the animal sector in facing societal, economic and ecological issues. According to its vision, CREA is committed to contribute to the success of ATF. 


More information

Dr. Riccardo Aleandri

Head of Animal Production Department, CRA

Via del Caravita 7/A - 00186 ROMA




News Headlines

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