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CONAFE new member of EFFAB

EFFAB is very pleased to welcome CONAFE as its new member. The Confederación de Asociaciones de Frisona Española, CONAFE, is an entity composed of state-wide associations and federations of the Autonomous Communities. Its main objectives are aimed at improvement of the Holstein Friesian breed.

Another objective of CONAFE is to assist in the training and professionalization of its members and other related organisations within the Holstein Friesian cattle sector. These training activities consists of, for example, the organization of symposia, conferences and especially schooling of judges and trainers.

Read more about CONAFE’s activities on

EFFAB welcomes Alta Genetics

EFFAB is very happy to announce that Alta Genetics will join us as a new member from 2015 on. Alta Genetics is an A.I. organisation in the cattle breeding sector (dairy and beef) and active on the global market. Besides the production and sales of bovine semen (based on innovative breeding programmes), Alta Genetics delivers products and services to its clients in the field of cattle breeding, fertility, farm management etc.. More information about Alta Genetics can be found here


Jan Venneman new Director of EFFAB  

EFFAB is proud to announce that Jan Venneman will be taking up the position of EFFAB Director in Brussels.
Jan Venneman is currently Director International Relations at CRV, the Netherlands. Jan brings a wealth of experience with the breeding industry and with European policy processes. A combination that will make him an excellent Director for EFFAB.
Jan will mainly work from the EFFAB office in Brussels.
We wish Jan a bright future at EFFAB!

FACCE JPI announce call for pre-proposals Climate Smart Agriculture

Under the ERA-NET Plus action “Climate Smart Agriculture: Adaptation of agricultural systems in Europe” co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, a call for pre-proposals has been launched today addressing adaptation of European agriculture to climate change in its broad sense. Four areas are highlighted as key to advancing research on genetics and breeding of animals and plants to increase resilience to climate change; pests and diseases of animals and plants linked to climate and posing significant risks; adaptive management of water and soil resources and options for adapting agricultural systems. More information.

A time line for H2020

  • Preparatory work in ITRE*: September/October 2013
  • Vote on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) in the EP Plenary: September/ October 2013
  • Vote on Horizon 2020 in EP Plenary: October/November 2013
  • Adoption by the Council: November/December 2013
  • Adoption of work programme and publication of first calls for proposals: 11 December 2013
  • Horizon 2020 national launch events: October 2013 to January 2014

DG AGRI is looking for expert in Genetic Resources for EIP

DG AGRI has launched a new call for experts for the European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability.

For the current call, experts are invited to apply for participation in focus groups of which the most relevant topic is:

·        Genetic resources: co-operation models

See for more information: or contact EFFAB.

Breeders disappointed by EP vote on Nagoya implementation

Failure to address specificites of animal breeding may hamper innovation & limit practical benefit sharing

Animal breeders are very disappointed by the European Parliament's vote on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources. There are fears that measures may lead to a loss of innovation within the agricultural sector and deny access to research material for further development.

EFFAB supports the objectives of the Naogoya Protocol - a fair sharing of benefits for the use of genetic resources  under sovereignty of countries - but calls for rules that take into account the specific needs of animal breeding to secure balanced and workable regulation. We will continue to work with our partners in further discussions with the European Council.

Commission seeks to boost genetic resources

How can we improve the conservation of genetic resources of EU farms? – this is what the EU’s executive (DG AGRI) seeks to find out in a call for tender for an assessment launched on Aug 19. The ‘European Parliament preparatory action’ will include a mapping exercise, expert interviews, case studies & workshops. The continued loss of agricultural biodiversity is an issue of increasing concern. Preserving the use of agricultural genetic resources - including breeding new varieties in particular at the local level - is vital for adaptation to climatic change, pests & diseases, Commission officials say. A final conference is foreseen to disseminate the results. The deadline for submitting offers is Oct 25. The results of the work may feed into future proposals. More information.



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