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H2020 Green Deal: Serbian NGO is looking for partners (e.g. consumer organisations, veterinary and producer associations, policy makers, NGOs) for a project aiming at reducing the use of antibiotics in animal production and aquaculture

Country of Origin: Serbia
Reference Number: RDRS20201229001
Publication Date: 30 December 2020


A Serbian NGO looks for consumer organisations, veterinary and producer associations, regional and international policy makers, NGO, WWF, EFSA/WHO/FAO connections to apply for H2020 Green Deal. The project objective is to develop a systemic multi-actor innovative approach for reduction of the dependence on the use of antimicrobials in animal production and aquaculture. The partners will be engaged in communication, dissemination, exploitation and marketing, as well as in stakeholder engagement.


The main goal of the project is a development of a systemic multidisciplinary innovative approach to improve the biosecurity status in order to decrease the use of antibiotics to 50% until 2030. The multidisciplinary tool(s)/alternative measures will allow to: 
i) assess the current biosecurity measures,
ii) use alternative preventive (probiotics) and therapeutic (bacteriophages) measures,
iii) improve selective breeding and animal health management,
iv) use the mathematical modelling, machine learning and/or AI to monitor the animal health and to predict the occurrence of the diseases in order to avoid the preventive use of antibiotics,
v) and to engage the stakeholders to enhance public awareness and promote educational change across different workshops, public conferences on the impacts that could lead to a misuse of antimicrobials and the benefit that this novel alternative brings to the animals well-being, the animal production economy, and the environment as well as the training sessions about how to employ novel alternatives to antibiotics.

In line with the EU animal health strategy, “Prevention is better than cure”, alternative strategies to antimicrobials need to be developed. Data from WHO’s new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS), reveals that antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today, with among 500,000 people with suspected bacterial infections across 22 countries in Europe. The inappropriate use of antimicrobial agents (such as using antibiotics as growth promoter, for prophylaxis, or the suboptimal prescribing etc.), and non-communication of the consequence of the antibiotic use in humans and animals accelerate the process of bacteria resistance. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global threat that causes 700,000 deaths annually. The current approaches at tackling AMR suffer from inadequate multi-sectoral and cross-disciplinary efforts and thus demands urgent and concerted actions embedded in the ‘One Health approach’. One Health approach embraces efforts to readdress the inappropriate use of antimicrobials in humans, food animals and environment. However, despite the existing regulations and recommendations they are not enforced in practice.

The systemic multi-actor innovative approach for reduction of the dependence on the use of antimicrobials in animal production and in aquaculture", is a proposal in preparing/developing phase for the H2020 European Green Deal Call "TOPIC ID: LC-GD-6-1-2020", Subtopic D: “Reducing the dependence on the use of antimicrobials in animal production and in aquaculture”. It is an Innovation Action project, funded at 100% of the eligible direct costs by the EC except 70% for SMEs, with a budget from EUR 6 to 12 million and the deadline 26th January 2021. The deadline for the EoI is 11th January 2021.

In order to reach the strategic objectives from the call, the overall goal of this project proposal is to decrease dependency on antimicrobials in animal production and aquaculture and sufficiently contain increased AMR spread through adequate and effective:
- behavioural modelling,
- bio-surveillance and education systems,
- infective control measures,
- alternate strategies (genetic selection, probiotics, lytic phage and de novo synthetic antimicrobials),
- global awareness and action plans intended for policy makers, businesses, industries, end consumers and citizens.

Once fully implemented in global norms of conduct, project outcomes will improve sustainability of the farming sector of food systems and reach antimicrobial sale reduction of 50% by 2030.

The partner sought would contribute to the project in work packages WP7 Stakeholders engagement and WP8 Communication, dissemination, exploitation and marketing. The WP8 will include trainings, workshops and educations of practitioners, farmers, veterinarians etc.

Expertise sought

To maximization the outcome of the alternative measures the network of various stakeholders, both horizontally (from farm to fork) and vertically (from producers to policy makers) will be created. The goal is to build competence in understanding the system to be governed, supplying sufficient accurate information to help highlight trade-offs, costs and benefits/co-benefits that might otherwise not be apparent.

Stage Of Development

Proposal under development

Stage Of Development Comment

Currently the consortium from 18 countries (36 partners) is highly multidisciplinary and is composed of sociologists, economists, mathematicians, bioinformaticians, animal geneticists, epidemiologists, veterinarians, farmers, policy makers, international organisations and consumer associations. This is a non exhaustive list.

Requested partner

Consumer organisations, veterinary association, producer association, policy maker regional international, NGO, WWF, EFSA connections, WHO connections, FAO connections.

WP7: Multiple iterations of problem-solving throughout the project will ensure that the problem and goal are robust, that ample engagement to understand the problem and to reach the most diverse set of stakeholders possible occurs, and that actions are developed that meet stakeholder needs. Effective stakeholder engagement therefore must occur over time, leaving space for development and change. This requires credible, relevant, legitimate and transparent stakeholder engagement and effective partnerships in the governance and management of AMR in order to: i) prevent conflicts; ii) manage trade-offs; iii) raise awareness; iv) reduce the costs; v) align divergent objectives; vi) address territorial and institutional fragmentation; vii) build inter-sectoral complementarities at the right scale.

WP8: Communication and dissemination plan will be prepared to organise the dissemination and communication activities for the entire duration of the project, particularly towards the partner laboratories and industry, but also to other relevant end-users, e.g. regulators, researchers, enforcement, consumers, and professionals who communicate with the general public. The dissemination plan will be regularly updated during the project lifetime and adapted to the specific target end-users of the project; particularly to the industry, consumers and policy makers. Links between project partners from individual EU countries and also International countries, representing particularly scientists and industry, with other industry representatives, regulators / policy makers and consumer organisations will be established to boost communication on the project outcomes.

Cooperation offer is closed for requests