From diversity to strategy: Livestock research for effective policy in a climate change world

Richard Kipling, Nigel Scollan, André Bannink, Jantine van Middelkoop


European livestock agriculture is extraordinarily diverse, and so are the challenges it faces. This diversity has contributed to the development of a fragmented set of research communities. As a result, livestock research is often under-represented at policy level, despite its high relevance for the environment and food security. 

Understanding livestock systems and how they can sustainably adapt to global change requires inputs across research areas, including grasslands, nutrition, health, welfare and ecology. It also requires experimental researchers, modellers and stakeholders to work closely together. 
  • Networks and capacity building structures are vital to enable livestock research to meet the challenges of climate change. They need to maintain shared resources and provide non-competitive arenas to share and synthesize results for policy support. 
  •  Long term strategic investment is needed to support such structures. Their leadership requires very different skills to those effective in scientific project coordination. 


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