Research programme on biological resources in agriculture


  • Vaccines from plants

    A CRP-sponsored conference held in London, Ontario, Canada on 23-25 September 2013 examined how plant-made vaccines could be an alternative to veterinary antibiotics and ensure human food safety ("Canadian Cattlemen" Magazine website).

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  • Economics of sustainable food production

    During his 2011 fellowship in France, Dr. Jayson Lusk from the Oklahoma State University worked on a booked "The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto about the Politics of Your Plate" (New York:Crown Forum, 2013)

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  • OECD Food Chain Analysis Network

    "Food waste along the supply chain" was the theme of the 4th session of the OECD Food Chain Analysis Network meeting that took place on 20 and 21 June 2013.

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2016 research fellowships and conference sponsorship

The Co-operative Research Programme (CRP) has closed its call for applications for funding research fellowships and international conferences (workshops and symposia) in 2016. The CRP supports work on the sustainable use of natural resources in agriculture, fisheries, food production and forestry, and research into new technologies in these areas.

Thank you to everyone who has applied.


2014 Open Forum 

The 2014 Open Forum Session of the Governing Body of the Co-operative Research Programme was dedicated to:

"Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: what is the state of affairs, where might we be heading?"


Agricultural innovation – interview with Ken Ash, OECD Trade and Agriculture Director

Demand for food and feed is increasing worldwide. At the same time, there is greater pressure on land, water and biodiversity. Agricultural innovation, including research and development (R&D) can help boost productivity growth and make more efficient use of available natural resources.

In this interview for the agricultural economics journal EuroChoices, OECD Trade and Agriculture Director Ken Ash explains the role that innovation will play in the future of food.

» Visit the OECD website to listen to the podcast


2015 Conference sponsorships and 2015 Fellowships

After a successful call for applications, 9 conferences and 27 international research fellowships have been retained by the Co-operative Research Programme for funding.


Conference Sponsorships



Previous conference sponsorships and fellowships 

Information about both conferences/workshops and fellowships funded in 2014-2008 can be found in the links below, including reports from conference organisers and fellows and links to proceedings and/or published papers that came out of the conferences or fellowships.


Conference Sponsorships



Conference Sponsorships



Champ de coton

Conference sponsorships



 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011




 Wheat  Conference Sponsorships and Fellowships    

Governing Body "Open Forum" Sessions

            2014 Session:          Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
            2012 Session:          Invasive Alien Species
            2011 Session:          Agricultural Knowledge Systems       
            2010 Session:          Natural Resources Challenges
            2009 Session:          Agricultural Research



Livestock Disease Policies: Building Bridges between Science and Economics

Contagious livestock diseases can cause major harm to human and animal health, to firms, and to consumers and taxpayers. Governments are increasingly acting to prevent and control livestock diseases, while international organisations develop codes, guidelines and programmes to enhance international co-operation and efficient management of diseases. These proceedings of an OECD-OIE conference that the Co-operation Research Programme sponsored and which took place in June 2013 examine how economics and animal sciences can contribute to managing livestock disease risks in an efficient and comprehensive manner.


Challenges for Agricultural Research

Agricultural research continues to confront new challenges, from food security to ecological concerns to land use. An OECD conference highlighted recent major progress in agricultural research outcomes and addressed the challenges that lie ahead. Participants came from all agricultural sectors and included farmers, industry, scientists, decision makers and other stakeholders.

This publication presents the twenty papers delivered at the conference.



Improving Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems

Systems implemented in the second half of the previous century to foster innovation in agriculture are in crisis. New solutions are urgenly needed to face the challenges of food security and climate change while productivity is widely decreasing. The CRP-sponsored conference on Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems, held in Paris from 15 to 17 June 2011, was very opportune in providing a large and comprehensive overview of concepts and experiences that are dramatically changing the approaches and the instruments to support and foster innovation in agriculture.