iSAGE /Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe/ Final Conference with moto „Opportunities to improve the profitability and sustainability of the sheep and goat sector“ will take place in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Brussels on the 26 February 2020.
The meeting will be of interest to farmer and processor organisations, government and non-governmental bodies and international organizations with a role in the sheep and goat sector.
The aim is to discuss implementation strategies for ISAGE project outputs and to provide recommendations at the European scale of future needs to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of sheep and goat systems through:
- Increased efficiency and profitability.
- Improved overall sustainability (environment, welfare) and innovative capacity of the sector.
- Enhanced consumer acceptance of sheep and goat products
- New efficiency traits for breeding schemes
Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe (iSAGE) is making the European Sheep and Goat sectors more sustainable, competitive and resilient. These improvements come from strong collaboration between industry and research institutions.
In this collaboration, industry is telling research institutions the challenges and opportunities in the sheep and goat sector in Europe. Together industry and research partners are thoroughly assessing the sustainability of the sector and developing strategies to respond to the identified challenges and opportunities.
iSAGE will assess the sustainability sheep and goat sector in Europe to future challenge such as climate change, food security, resource use efficiency and rural deprivation in marginal regions. Following the sustainability assessment, iSAGE will develop strategies to meet or prevent these challenges. Such strategies will include all levels of the industry including farmers, local populations, consumers, processors and retailers.
Industry and research working together will to ensure that relevant issues are addressed and the project outcomes are applicable in practice.
The project started on 1 March 2016 and will continue for 48 months.
iSAGE is an EU H2020 project coordinated by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. It has a strong and multi-lateral consortium consisting of 34 partners from 6 EU countries and Turkey. Eighteen industry partners represent about 16,000 sheep and goat farmers with 5.5 million sheep and goats. The project will last 4 years from March 2016.