Dr. Angie R. Poliquit of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) is among the faculty members from renowned agricultural institutions in the Philippines who have embarked on an international training program focused on Cage-free Innovation and Welfare Hubs from July 9–15, 2023, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The program aimed to drive significant positive change across the poultry industry by empowering faculty members with cutting-edge knowledge and practical expertise to implement cage-free practices successfully. These included reducing animal stress, improving egg quality, and enhancing the overall health of the birds, resulting in better and ethically sourced eggs and products for consumers.
Organized by the Faculty of Animal Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia, in collaboration with Global Food Partners and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the international training program encouraged cross-border collaborations and knowledge-sharing among participating institutions. Participants had the opportunity to work alongside experts from diverse backgrounds, fostering the exchange of ideas and approaches that can further advance cage-free poultry practices globally. They also gained knowledge and firsthand experience in handling and managing cage-free flocks and understanding the various benefits and challenges associated with this innovative approach.
The international training on cage-free poultry practices represents a significant step towards a more humane and sustainable future for poultry farming worldwide.