efficiency, human edible ressources, ecosystem services, grassland, circular economy
Area 2 (‘Environment’): Improve and manage resource use to reduce waste and enhance the environmental sustainability of European animal production
We are interested in objectifying the key role played by ruminant farming systems in our territories and societies while taking into account the services they deliver in valorising fiber rich resources and especially grasslands; covering a huge proportion of European territories; and agri-food value chain co-products. In this way, these livestock farming systems are expected to contribute widely to circular economy development and to maintain the ecosystem services associated to grassland valorisation.
The Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRAW) at Gembloux is a government-funded multidisciplinary research institution affiliated with the Agricultural Administration of the Walloon Region. It employs 430 persons including more than 120 senior researchers. The Centre's research activities cover disciplines such as: soil science, agricultural chemistry and physics, plant production, animal production, biotechnology, plant protection, farming system analysis and quality of agricultural products. These approaches are, when relevant, performed under conventional and organic farming schemes. The CRA-W conducts research on regional, national and international level and is member of several international project consortia and research bodies.