Research and development activities are proposed for the benefit of sustainable pork chains based on European local pig breeds and their production systems. Workprogramme is planned to respond to consumer demands for quality and healthiness of pork products with regional identity and societal demands for environment preservation and development of local agro-economy. Description and evaluation of local pig breeds, with an emphasis on untapped ones will be performed using novel genomic tools. Performance of local pig breeds will be evaluated in contrasted agro-geo-climatic conditions and production systems (indoor, outdoor, organic). Focus will be on pig feeding and management strategies and on the use of locally available feeding resources. Intrinsic quality of traditional and new regional high quality pork products and attitudes of consumers from various market areas will be assessed; in particular the motives for the choice and willingness to pay such products. Marketing strategies will be adressed in particular short chain distribution channels. All activities will be driven from the perspective of sustainability (environmental impact, animal welfare, product quality, consumer acceptability and market potential). The activities will engage innovative approaches to answer socio-economic demands of regional pork chains involving partners from different sectors. The ambition is to enhance existing and create new networks between academia and non-academia partners, within and between regions and to tackle the value chain for regional high quality pork products, focusing on diverse and so far untapped pig breeds, their production systems and pork products. Cross-fertilising interactions between research, local agriculture, businesses and end-users will be achieved with partners from these complementary sectors in all research and development activities.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Luca Fontanesi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari

Kmetijski Institutslovenije- Agricultural Institute Of Slovenia(Slovenia)

Other Participants:
Biblioteca - Agris Sardegna - Agenzia per la ricerca in agricoltura (ex biblioteca IZCS) (Italy)
Centro De Investigaciones Cientificas Y Tecnologicas De Extremadura (Spain)
Institut za stočarstvo, Beograd-Zemun-Institute for Animal Husbandry, Beograd-Zemun (Serbia)
Stazione Sperimentale Per L'Industria Delle Conserve Alimentari In Parma (Italy)
Ifip -Institut Du Porc (France)
Aeceriber-Asociacion Espanola De Criadores De Cerdo Iberico (Spain)
University Of Belgrade (Serbia)
Centre De Recerca En Economia I Desenvolupament Agroalimentari-Upc-Irta (Spain)
Università  degli Studi di FIRENZE (Italy)
LIETUVOS SVEIKATOS MOKSLU UNIVERSITETAS-Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Lithuania)
Instituto Politecnico De Viana De Castelo (Portugal)
Kmetijsko gozdarska zbornica Slovenije, Kmetijsko gozdarski zavod Novo mesto-Agricultural and Forestry Institute Novo mesto-KGZS (Slovenia)
Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University Of Osijek (Croatia)
Institut De Recerca I Technologia Agroalimentaries (Spain)
University Of Zagreb (Croatia)
Universidade De Evora (Portugal)
Instituto Nacional De Investigacion Y Tecnologia Agraria Y Alimentaria - Inia - (Spain)
Centri Regionali per le Tecnologie Agroalimentari (Ce.R.T.A. scarl) (Italy)
Associazione Naz.Allevatori Suini (Italy)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall w. V. (Germany)
Inra Cnrgv (France)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)

Third parties:
Consorzio di Tutela della Cinta Senese (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 3.395.986,75
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/04/2015
End Date: 31/03/2019

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Life on land This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 634476 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 634476