In former times mixed crop-livestock farming was common practice in many areas of Europe. Since the 1960s however, crop and livestock production became increasingly specialised and less connected. The consequences of this development are, among others, higher regional concentrations of animals, large-scale imports of feed, simplification of crop rotations, higher use of mineral fertilizers and pesticides, and landscape homogenisation. This has contributed to water contamination, loss of soil quality, climate change and decline of biodiversity.
This call is about research on (re-) integration of crop and livestock farming systems with the aim to enhance circularity between these systems and thereby improve the sustainability of farms.
The following countries are funding the 2021 Joint call: Argentina, Belgium – Flanders, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Basque government, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and Uruguay.
Further information on the call is published on the webpages of the ERA-NETs.