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

Third parties:
Institute Of Meat Hygiene And Technology Belgrade (Serbia)

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.

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