On 6-7 September 2018, the final conference of the second preparatory action on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture will take place in Nantes, France.
Following an initiative tabled by the European Parliament in 2013, the European Commission (DG Agriculture and Rural Development) contracted two preparatory actions.
The first preparatory action, launched in July 2014 for a period of two years, aimed at improving communication, knowledge exchange and networking among all the actors potentially interested in the conservation of genetic resources in agriculture.
In January 2016 the second preparatory action was launched, for a period of three years. Its objectives are to better understand the stakes of European neglected genetic resources in agriculture and to tap onto their economic potential. The overall goal is 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.
During the final conference in Nantes, the four main projects developed within the second preparatory actions will be presented: wheat landraces in Italy, rare breeds of pigs in Croatia, landraces of cabbages in Germany and rare breed Bretonne Pie Noir and its product in France.
CERERE Italian partner Rete Semi Rurali will attend the meeting.