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BOVISOL Project: Breeding and Management Practices of Indigenous Bovine Breeds: Solutions towards a Sustainable Future

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Département d’Écologie et Génie de l’Environnement, Université 8 Mai 1945, Guelma 24000, Algeria
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Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture du Kef, Université de Jendouba, Le Kef 7100, Tunisia
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Research Institute of Animal Science, HAO-Demeter, 58100 Giannitsa, GR, Greece
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Département des Sciences de la Nature et de la Vie, Université 8 Mai 1945, Guelma 24000, Algeria
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Laboratoire de Productions Animales et Fourragères, INRA-Tunisia, Ariana 2049, Tunisia
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Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 9891; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239891
Received: 21 October 2020 / Revised: 20 November 2020 / Accepted: 24 November 2020 / Published: 26 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Agriculture)
In order to deal with the effects of globalization, urbanization, increase in world population, global warming, and climate change; and according to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2 targets, which aim to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, it is urgently needed to transform our agriculture and livestock farming systems by taking into account the environmental considerations. The Breeding and management practices of indigenous bovine breeds: Solutions towards a sustainable future (BOVISOL) project is a scientific cooperation between three Mediterranean countries (Greece, Tunisia and Algeria) supported and funded by the European Commission under the European Research Area Networks (ERA-NET) scheme of the 7th Framework Programme. This project has been formed around the hypothesis that the local bovine breeds must be preserved since they possess a valuable genetic pool, and they are a part of the landscape and the biodiversity of rural areas. Moreover, their products (milk, cheese, meat, etc.) could contribute significantly to the local economies as they could easily be associated with recent food trends like “local” and “slow food”, which are considered today, as, not only a mean of nutrition, but also a way of living and a part of people’s identity. BOVISOL project aims to: (i) identify the local breeds and populations in a national level, (ii) describe the existing farm and breeding practices, (iii) analyze the quality of the main local animal products, (iv) propose solutions that will promote the sustainability of the traditional farming systems, especially nowadays that climate change proposes new challenges on animal production, and (v) disseminate the solutions on all the levels of the sector (farmers, scientists, local communities, governmental agencies). View Full-Text
Keywords: animal products; climate change; local bovine breeds; Mediterranean basin; sustainability; traditional farming systems animal products; climate change; local bovine breeds; Mediterranean basin; sustainability; traditional farming systems
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Boudalia, S.; Ben Said, S.; Tsiokos, D.; Bousbia, A.; Gueroui, Y.; Mohamed-Brahmi, A.; Smeti, S.; Anastasiadou, M.; Symeon, G. BOVISOL Project: Breeding and Management Practices of Indigenous Bovine Breeds: Solutions towards a Sustainable Future. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9891. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239891

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Boudalia S, Ben Said S, Tsiokos D, Bousbia A, Gueroui Y, Mohamed-Brahmi A, Smeti S, Anastasiadou M, Symeon G. BOVISOL Project: Breeding and Management Practices of Indigenous Bovine Breeds: Solutions towards a Sustainable Future. Sustainability. 2020; 12(23):9891. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239891

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Boudalia, Sofiane, Samia Ben Said, Dimitrios Tsiokos, Aissam Bousbia, Yassine Gueroui, Aziza Mohamed-Brahmi, Samir Smeti, Maria Anastasiadou, and George Symeon. 2020. "BOVISOL Project: Breeding and Management Practices of Indigenous Bovine Breeds: Solutions towards a Sustainable Future" Sustainability 12, no. 23: 9891. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239891

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