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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnologia Agraria (INIA) - Spain

The Spanish National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) is an autonomous Public Research Organisation (OPI), presently assigned to the State Secretariat of Research, Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.  Its unique mandate entails a dual responsibility. As coordinator of the national network of agriculture and food research centres is responsible for the harmonization, resource allocation, monitoring and evaluation of scientific and technical research activities under the Deputy Directorate General of Prospective and Program Coordination, and as an agriculture and food research institution, is responsible for the execution of its own research and technology projects (including technology transfer) under the Deputy Directorate General of Research and Technology (SGIT).

INIA, in its task of coordination and foresight, covers all the areas and disciplines concerning livestock production, in close collaboration with the relevant socioeconomic sectors and with equivalent institutions in the Autonomous Regions. INIA's lines of research are directed towards addressing the economic and social demands and the new challenges of the agrifood sector.

INIA carries out its research responsibilities in its various Centres and Departments (including Forest Research Centre, (CIFOR), the Animal Health Research Centre (CISA), and the Plant Genetic Resources Centre (CRF), as well as at the Departments of Biotechnology, Environment, Animal Breeding, Plant Protection, Animal Reproduction and Food Technology).  In relation to animal health and zoonosis, CISA-INIA (Animal Health Research Centre) is a centre for research and surveillance in the prevention, diagnosis and control of transmissible diseases under conditions of biosecurity and biocontainment (BSL3). INIA-CISA is Reference Laboratory for African Swine Fever in the EU and also for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It has been designated during 2015 as Reference Centre in Biosafety for FAO.

INIA in the Animal Task Force
INIA represents the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness at international research organizations in the area of agricultural and food research. All the activities of INIA are directed towards its contribution to the continued and sustainable progress of the agricultural and food technology sectors, where international collaboration has an important role. The expertise of INIA in the field of animal production and health, can provide a useful contribution to promote a sustainable and competitive livestock sector in Europe.

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Deputy Directorate General of Prospective and Program Coordination
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28040 Madrid

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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