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Associations and platforms

European Consortium for Organic Animal Breeding ECO-AB


The European Consortium for Organic Animal Breeding (ECO-AB) was founded in July 2007.

The aims of the group are to:

  • Provide a platform for discussion, knowledge exchange and experience in all issues relating to animal breeding in organic animal farming systems
  • Initiate and support organic animal breeding programmes
  • Develop scientific concepts for organic animal breeding
  • Provide independent, competent expertise for the development of credible and practical standards for animal breeding in organic systems

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European Federation of Animal Science EAAP

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EAAP represents the professional interests of scientists, academics, professionals and producers, technicians, extension officers, government departments and farmer organisations.

The main aims of EAAP are to promote, by means of active co-operation between its members and other relevant international and national organisations, the advancement of scientific research, sustainable development and systems of production; experimentation, application and extension; to improve the technical and economic conditions of the livestock sector; to promote the welfare of farm animals and the conservation of the rural environment; to control and optimise the use of natural resources in general and animal genetic resources in particular; to encourage the involvement of young scientists and technicians.

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European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders EFFAB

The European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders EFFAB is an independent European forum for farm animal reproduction and selection organisations (industry and farmer’s cooperatives), including companies involved in related technologies.

Within EFFAB, cattle and other ruminants, pigs, poultry and aquaculture are represented.

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FAO-CIHEAM Network for Research and Development in Sheep and Goats

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The FAO-CIHEAM Network for Research and Development in Sheep and Goats is one of the networks of the European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture (ESCORENA).

The Network collaborates actively with other international networks and institutions as European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), or the RME network (Réseau Méditerranée Élevage).


Réseau Méditerranée Élevage (RME)

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Network on breeding for Mediterranean conditions.


Synbreed – Synergistic Plant and Animal Breeding

Network of excellence for interdisciplinary, genome based research in plant and animal breeding. Synbreed aims at developing knowledge and advanced technologies to promote a sustainable agricultural production guided by socioeconomic requirements.

Synbreed is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the scope of the competitive grants program “Networks of excellence in agricultural and nutrition research” (Funding ID: 0315526).

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FABRE TP - Technology Platform on Animal Breeding


The Technology Platform FABRE TP supports stakeholder involvement in the set up of partnership by industry. The platform tackles major issues concerning sustainability, animal breeding and reproduction in Europe. 

The FABRE TP was initiated by the European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders EFFAB.

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The World's Poultry Science Association

The World's Poultry Science Association is a long established and unique organization that strives to advance knowledge and understanding of all aspects of poultry science and the poultry industry. Its major role is to encourage, and help facilitate, liaison among research scientists and educators, and between those in research and education and those working in the many diverse sectors of the industry. As a non-profit making organization, it relies for its income almost entirely on membership subscriptions, although a number of poultry companies around the world provide generous sponsorship to help meet some of the production costs of the World's Poultry Science Journal.

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