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Reinforcing research for Animal Health and Welfare on Farm Animals

INRA is coordinating the European ERA-Net ANIHWA, on Animal Health and Welfare, launched on 6 March 2012. Building on the experience and achievements of the previous ERA-Net EMIDA (Emerging and Major Infectious Diseases of Livestock), the Animal Health and Welfare ERA-Net (ANIHWA) aims to increase cooperation and coordination of national research programmes on animal health and welfare of farm animals, including fish and bees.

Coq. © MAITRE Christophe
By Nicole Ladet, translated by Christine Young
Updated on 01/30/2013
Published on 03/06/2012

The activities of consumer groups and animal protectionists and the effects of large-scale sanitary crises have increased the awareness that animal production is more than just an industry. Farm animal welfare is now clearly an important issue for people across Europe and there is clear demand for higher animal welfare standards.

Exotic or emerging infectious threats are ever present and their potential environmental consequences are a growing concern. Endemic and production diseases are often overlooked, although they are the most harmful to animal welfare. The disease threats to the livestock industry have increased steadily as a result of intensification of livestock production, globalization, evolving pathogens and climate change.

Building on the experience and achievements of the previous ERA-Net EMIDA, the Animal Health and Welfare ERA-Net (ANIHWA) aims to increase cooperation and coordination of national research programmes on animal health and welfare of farm animals, including fish and bees. The cooperation and coordination among the partners will be deepened by systematic exchange of information and mapping of national research activities and facilities, gap analysis and preparation of a dedicated strategic research agenda, thorough assessment of the funding mechanisms with increased number of joint calls and finally strategic activities aimed at a sustainable development and extension of the network.

The consortium consists of 30 partner organizations from 19 countries*: 17 Member State Countries and 2 Associated Countries. The consortium will be led by INRA, France. The Consortium represents the leading national financing bodies for Animal Health and Animal Welfare research in the EU, with funds estimated at over €250 million annually. It also includes funders of basic, strategic and applied science, allowing a joint approach, which should improve delivery.

* France, Italy, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Finland, Lithuania, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Norway.

Contact(s)
Scientific contact(s):

  • Abdenour Benmansour, project coordinator Molecular Virology and Immunology

Find out more

  • Era-Net: the Era-Net programmes are coordination and support actions that aim at stepping up the cooperation and coordination of research activities carried out at national or regional level in the Member States and Associated States.
  • ERA-Net EMIDA deliverables: http://www.emida-era.net/