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Precision Agriculture and the future of farming in Europe

The study is performed for the scientific foresight unit STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment) of the European Parliament (EP).  The study is forward looking, and supports members of EP. The overall purpose of the project is to identify legislative pathways for the EU Parliament towards an sustainable, efficient and competitive agriculture in the EU, and for supporting development of skilled workforces in the farming sector in the EU.

The study consisted of the preparation of 6 briefing papers for 6 different topics as Technical Horizon Scan, and subsequently to develop a envisioning report and

Project report published: EU Zoos Directive Good Practices Document

The final report of our project on the Zoos Directive has been published by the Commission 

Member States are responsible for applying the provisions of the Zoos Directive 1999/22/EC and ensuring their necessary enforcement.

VetEffecT has joined the Dutch Dairy Centre (DDC)

VetEffecT has joined the Dutch Dairy Centre (DDC) as affiliate.

The Dutch Dairy Centre is a network of over 60 companies from the Netherlands supplying a wide range of products and services to the international dairy industry. It is a unique point of

New report on oral vaccination against rabies published by EFSA

A new report on the success of oral vaccination againt rabies is published by EFSA.

The report provides an update on oral rabies vaccination (ORV) of foxes and raccoon dogs. Foxes are the only known reservoir for rabies in Europe, and raccoon dogs are important transmitt

Pakistan Dairy Supply Chain Development Project

VetEffecT has been awarded the Pakistan Dairy Supply Chain Development project by the Worldbank. The project will be implemented in Pakistan in partnership with one of the large dairy processors in the country, aiming to improve the quality and quantity of milk produced by dairy farmers, and supplied for processing.  


The project runs 34 months in 2015-2018, involving preparation of a modern dairy handbook for Pakistan farmers, training of 30-40 extensi

New EU wide report on honey bee colony mortality published by EPILOBEE

A new EU wide report on honey bee colony mortality published by EPILOBEE May 5th, 2015, showed slightly decrased mortality rates of honey bee colonies, but large variations among the 17 participating EU countries.

The final report was prepared by the European Union Reference Laboratory for honeybee health (EURL; ANSES, Fr) as a result of the recently finished pan-European epidemiological study on honey bee colony losses EPILOBEE 2012-2014 

Bees are essential for food crop production: of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of food worldwide, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 71 are pollina

WHO world wide situation report finds systems to combat antibiotic resistance lacking

The WHO published April 29 2015 a world wide situation report on antibiotic resistance.

Although a quarter of countries that responded to the WHO survey have national plans to preserve antimicrobial medicines like antibiotics, there are major gaps in actions needed across all 6 WHO regions to prevent the misuse of antibiotics and reduce spread of antimicrobial resistance.



Over a 2-year period, from 2013 to 2014, WHO undertook an initial “country situation analysis” in the six WHO regions: the African Region, the Region of the Americas, the

The CALLISTO network publishes final Zoonoses Report on Companian animals

The Final Report of the EU Framework 7-funded CALLISTO project is published. It summarises findings of the CALLISTO (Companion Animal multisectoriaL interprofessionaL and interdisciplinary Strategic Think tank On zoonoses) team on risks that consumers contract zoonoses from companion animals.

The  main companian animals considered in the study were dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, reptiles, birds and ornamental fish.

The voluminous report, as well as the previous so-called 1st, 2nd, and 3rd –cycle reports <

EU progress report on Antimicrobial Resistance published

The Commission published Feb 26, 2015 a progress report on its five year Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The report summarises the progress made under each of the 12 actions. 

The REPORT describes the following ac

Joint ECDC EFSA EMA report on antimicrobial resistance

A first joint report of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the integrated analysis of the consumption of antimicrobial agents and occurrence of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from humans and food-producing animals has been published.

This report explores possible associations on antimicrobial consumption and corresponding resistance in animals and humans for EU MSs and reporting countries using 2011 and 2012