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Cage-free Innovation and Welfare Hub

Learn our best-in-class practices in cage-free egg production and management

The Cage-Free Innovation and Welfare Hubs (The Hubs) is a pioneering initiative by Global Food Partners and Aeres University of Applied Sciences, aimed at transforming egg production across Asia.

Discover our groundbreaking hubs in China and Indonesia, designed to demonstrate and promote best practices in cage-free egg production and management. The mission of our Hubs is to ensure farmers can achieve long-term sustainability and profitability in the egg industry.

Join our industry consortium and become part of an integrated network of stakeholders, including egg producers, suppliers, and auditors. This community offers unparalleled opportunities to showcase and explore innovative products and services within the cage-free sector.

Explore the Indonesian hub, launched in 2023, and stay tuned for the upcoming launch of our China hub in 2024. Join us in shaping the future of egg production.

Model Farm

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A model of a successful and productive higher-welfare farm in the region which farmers can visit.

Training Centre

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A hub for professionals like farmers, veterinarians, and welfare inspectors to receive hands-on training, as well as an educational resource for agriculture students to explore cage-free egg production and farm management.

Why train at The Hubs?

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Access to Best Practices
Experience best practices in cage-free egg production firsthand, including housing, behaviour assessment, enrichment, biosecurity, etc.

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Localised Support
Benefit from localised support and hands-on learning specifically designed for egg producers around the region and other industry stakeholders, enhancing your understanding and implementation of cage-free management.

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Global Expertise
Receive top-tier training from world-renowned experts in cage-free production and animal welfare, ensuring you and your operations stay at the forefront of industry standards.

What participants said about our training

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"Before attending the training at the Hub, we had limited knowledge about cage-free farming systems and how they differed from free-range systems. This training provided excellent information on various cage-free systems, management practices, enrichments like greens and coloured balls, as well as innovative approaches in the field. We are now excited to apply this knowledge towards implementing cage-free practices in India, as we believe these systems allow chickens to be free, happy, and healthy."
Government and Academic Delegation from India

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"As participants in the Cage-free Innovation and Welfare Hub training, we found the experience overwhelmingly satisfying. The trainers thoroughly explained how to implement cage-free systems and provided updated insights into the latest developments for rearing cage-free chickens. This resourceful and interesting learning will allow us to share the valuable knowledge gained here with colleagues, students, and communities in our home country. We thank Universitas Gadjah Mada for hosting this welcoming training event."
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)

Join Our Consortium: Elevate Your Business

We invite industry stakeholders to become part of our consortium. Our model farms are platforms where partners can showcase their innovative products and services, including equipment, genetics, feed and additives, lighting, litter, enrichment materials, veterinary solutions, and monitoring tools.

Partners gain continuous publicity, increased exposure, and direct access to valuable industry networks and potential clients, ranging from poultry businesses to retail and hospitality giants. Additionally, consortium members can utilise the farm as a training ground for their advisors, technicians, and researchers.

Interested in collaboration and growth? Reach out to us:

  • For Indonesia, contact Kristina Yolanda at k.yolanda@globalfoodpartners.com.
  • For China, reach out to Bailey Liu at b.liu@globalfoodpartners.com.

Cage-free Innovation and Welfare Hubs are hosted/supported by

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Cage-Free Innovation and Welfare Hub Holds Training for Leaders Across Asia
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Press Release: Shanxi Agricultural University and Global Food Partners to Build Cage-free Model Farm and Training Centre in China
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Leaders Launch Consortium to Create Cage-Free Ecosystem in Indonesia
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What learners said about our online course

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The course Fundamentals: Cage-free Egg Policy Development & Implementation was really valuable for our team around the world working to implement our global cage-free commitment. It covers key topics in a way that is easy to digest and understand, like the cost of cage-free eggs, how to make implementation progress, and how to communicate the policy and progress to key stakeholders. I highly recommend it.

Klaas Jan van-Calker
Global Sustainable Sourcing Manager · Unilever

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Global Food Partners' course Fundamentals: Cage-free Egg Policy Development and Implementation was really useful for our team as we implement our cage-free commitment in Japan. It covers key aspects of our policy, including the cost of cage-free eggs, tips for working with our egg suppliers, and how to do effective stakeholder communications. It was helpful for us to have the course in Japanese and it was an important learning tool for our team working on this topic.

Junji Okubo
Executive Officer, Marketing, Product Development, and Supply Chain · Compass Group Japan 

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The online course is interesting and well-organised. It covers topics including the concept of cage-free production, flock health, and management practices. It gives an overview of how to manage and care for birds to ensure good welfare. The evaluation questions are helpful in keeping me focused. I would recommend the online course to my peers and students who are interested in learning about the cage-free system. Well done!

Associate Professor Doctor Henny Akit
Head of Department of Animal Science · University Putra Malaysia

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The cage-free egg production course is systematic and practical, covering various key points of knowledge related to the issues and challenges faced in production practices. It provides practical guidance for cage-free egg farm owners, managers, and frontline workers engaged in cage-free egg production. It is essential for bringing about profound impacts on animal welfare improvements.

Liu KaiYong
CEO · PianGuan Yong’Ao Ecological Agriculture Ltd.

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The online course has provided useful materials for beginners in the egg production business. It highlights specific ways to address the challenges to attain animal welfare and sustainability. The combination of audiovisual presentations and tests for every module has provided higher retention in learning. It is easy to understand and can be promoted to those interested in starting their own layer farm and to existing layer farmers as well.

Judit Alday-Mangmang
Business Development Manager · Batangas Egg Producers Multipurpose Cooperative

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Thank you for giving me and other members of Sibanye Animal Welfare and Conservancy Trust the opportunity to enrol in this informative and well-structured course. I hope to use the information and lessons gained from this course to teach farmers, both subsistence and commercial, in Zimbabwe about the benefits of cage-free egg production. I am looking forward to driving behavioural change among local farmers to ensure better welfare for all birds in Zimbabwe.

Nkosana Khumalo
Environmental Scientist · Sibanye Animal Welfare and Conservancy Trust

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Cage-free laying hens are increasingly accepted by consumers. It required farmers to learn new practices which are different from normal farming such as raising management, housing conditions, food management, health, behaviour and living conditions. This online course provides knowledge and understanding about cage-free farming to poultry workers to allow them to adjust the conditions of raising hens from conventional to cage-free farms.

Dr Vichian Srithayarat
Poultry Expert

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Explore our resources

Dive into our extensive resource library for in-depth discussions on cage-free egg production best practices, costs, housing, vaccination, and more.

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