News and Publications

Trade Mission to Uzbekistan March 2018

VetEffecT participated in an agricultural trade mission to Uzbekistan in March 2018 with the Dutch Embassy to explore opportunities for sustainable animal production.

Uzbekistan dairy and poultry sectors should be supported to better adhere to international standards of animal health and welfare and food safety.

A beamer for the education of children in Nepal

Instead of sending Christmas cards at the end of 2017, VetEffecT made a donation to 4smilingfaces for the purchase of a beamer, for the after-school care SHCOP (Second Home Child Outreach Program) in Nepal. More information


"A beautiful Christmas gift from VetEffecT: a gift for a media projector for the after-school care SHCOP.

Cost-benefit analysis of improving housing conditions for poultry in Ukraine

VetEffecT has been awarded a framework contract project in Ukraine for the EBRD. The purpose of the assignment is to perform a cost-benefit analysis of replacing the existing non-EU compliant cages of a large layer poultry farming with each of three possible options: free range, barns (like those used for broilers) and aviary systems (multi-layered open cages), to provide a business case, and prepare a presentation on the subject.

For the company we will make an analysis of the current situation with focus on poultry houses, equipment and management.

Revision and publication of ECDC training materials

VetEffecT has been awarded the contract for The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to revise the ECDC training materials, using agreed sets of criteria, for adjustments to the training materials on agreed points, to apply logical metadata tagging, and for uploading the revised materials to the appropriate platforms.

The project is led by Transmissible.

Framework Contract awarded from DG SANTE on food policies

VetEffecT has been awarded the Framework contract for the provision of services in the areas of evaluation, impact assessment, monitoring and implementation and of other related services, in relation to the Health and Food policies, launched by DG Sante. These services aim at supporting the decision making and planning process in line with the Commission's commitment for a "Better Regulation". Better regulation principles entail quality evidence based policy choices by ensuring that its proposals meet policy goals at minimum cost and deliver maximum benefits to citizens, businesses and workers while avoiding all unnecessary regulatory burdens. 

DG SANTE works to modernise and simplify the well-developed EU regulatory framework in line with Better Regulation principles and to verify its correct application.

Animal welfare audit and action plan for a large dairy enterprise

VetEffecT has been awarded a framework contract project for the EBRD: Regional Programme for Improving Animal Welfare Standards in Agribusiness - Conducting Animal Welfare Audits and Developing Action Plans for Agribusinesses (EBRD Project Ref 67313). The project runs 3 years (2017-2019). As one of the first assignments, VetEffecT has been awarded a project in Egypt, to conduct an animal welfare audit and developing an animal welfare action plan for for a large dairy enterprise (approx. 15000 heads of cattle). 

The project will be carried out through assessment, desk research and farm-visits.

Study of cost-sharing of disease prevention and eradication in Ukraine

The study was carried out for the EBRD (the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), through desk study, workshop and stakeholder interviews.

The purpose of this project was to evaluate if a cost-sharing system for controlling animal disease outbreaks would be feasible for Ukraine. 

Ukraine experiences recurrent outbreaks of African Swine Fever with severe damage for the Ukraine pig sector.

Microbiological testing of food in Suriname

VetEffecT carried out a framework contract on food safety and laboraties under EDES COLEACP

A laboratory training mission was carried out in Paramaribo, Surinam, in March and April 2014. The main part of the mission consisted of a practical training in the microbiological testing of foods for staff from laboratories involved in official food controls. The training contributed to a better knowledge of food microbiology in Suriname and especially to better possibilities for testing the microbiological safety and quality of food available on the Surinam market. 

The overall purpose of the project is to focus on laboratory strengthening and training of government staff of competent authorities and of private food business operators to be in conformity with

Study on the welfare of farmed fish: common practices during transport and at slaughter

VetEffecT has been awarded the "Study on the welfare of farmed fish: common practices during transport and at slaughter” under the Framework Contract for the provision of evaluation, impact assessment and related services (SANCO/2012/02/11). The study involved desk research, setting up an on-line survey in  11 countries, targeted semi-structured interviews and set up of focus groups. The final study report can be downloaded HERE.

The aim of the study is to gather information on current animal welfare practices prevailing in European aquaculture as regards to the transport and slaughter of farmed fish.

Reduction of green house gas emissions in pig production

VetEffecT has been awarded the project "Review of best practices in climate smart pork production" for IFC. 

Successful companies and farmers of the future will need to produce with high efficiency (“sustainable intensification”) , use minimal energy, water, nutrients and other resources, cause a minimal carbon footprint, and causing minimal GHG (Green House Gasses) emissions, and minimal waste and effluents. Respecting animal welfare, wildlife and the environment are other key conditions.


IFC has a growing portfolio of clients in the animal protein sector and pork production in particular.