FAI Farms — Layer Hen Welfare Research

Open Philanthropy recommended a contract of $98,500 over two years with FAI Farms to support research by Julia Lee, in collaboration with Maria Chen, on layer hen welfare in Asia. The research will involve the identification of key stakeholders that can impact layer hen welfare at each stage of life, as well as the production of a report on welfare conditions and possible welfare improvements on large-scale farms.

This follows our January 2020 support and falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.

This project was supported through a contractor agreement. While we typically do not publish pages for contractor agreements, we occasionally opt to do so.

FAI Farms — Carp, Tilapia, and Shrimp Welfare

Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

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Open Philanthropy recommended a contract of $1,800,000 over two years with FAI Farms to improve the welfare of carp, tilapia, and shrimp — three of the most numerous vertebrate species — in East Asia, Thailand, and Brazil. FAI Farms intends to use this funding to conduct and share the results of welfare assessments.

This follows our April 2019 support and falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.

FAI Farms — Cage-Free Egg Certification and Summit

Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. FAI Farms staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

Open Philanthropy recommended a contract of $600,000 over two years with FAI Farms to support cage-free certification work and a summit promoting poultry welfare and cage-free egg production. The certification project’s aim is to develop a large-scale production and certification model for cage-free eggs.

This follows our January 2020 support and falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.

This project was supported through a contractor agreement. While we typically do not publish pages for contractor agreements, we occasionally opt to do so.

FAI Farms — Cage-Free Egg Investigation

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Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

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Open Philanthropy recommended a contract of $105,000 with FAI Farms to support its work launching a cage-free egg certification project. The project’s aim is to develop a large-scale production and certification model for cage-free eggs in East Asia.

This follows our September 2019 support and falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.

This project was supported through a contractor agreement. While we typically do not publish pages for contractor agreements, we occasionally opt to do so.

FAI Farms — Promoting Poultry Welfare and Cage-Free Eggs

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Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. FAI Farms staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.


The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a contract of $132,400 to FAI Farms to support events promoting poultry welfare and cage-free egg production. The events include a summit for food companies and producers, a poultry welfare conference, and a technical seminar promoting cage-free production.

This follows our April 2019 support and falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.

This project was supported through a contractor agreement. While we typically do not publish pages for contractor agreements, we occasionally opt to do so.

FAI Farms — Promoting Cage-Free Eggs in China

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Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. FAI Farms staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a contract of $107,200 with FAI Farms to support Chinese farm animal welfare auditor trainings, egg farm audits, and a cage-free conference. These projects will promote cage-free production in China, the world’s largest egg producer, and aim to reduce the suffering of egg-laying hens.

This discretionary funding follows our April 2019 support and falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.

This contract was agreed to by a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, to which we occasionally make funding recommendations.

This project was supported through a contractor agreement. While we typically do not publish pages for contractor agreements, we occasionally opt to do so.

FAI Farms — Tilapia Welfare

FAI Farms plans to use these funds to work on improving the welfare of farmed tilapia. (Photo courtesy of FAI Farms)

Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. FAI Farms staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a contract of $426,000 over two years with FAI Farms (FAI) to develop welfare measures, best practice guidelines, and training materials to improve the welfare of farmed tilapia. FAI plans to research optimal stocking density, humane transport and slaughter methods, ways to minimize handling stress, and alternatives to mouth clipping of territorial male tilapia.

This falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.

This project was supported through a contractor agreement. While we typically do not publish pages for contractor agreements, we occasionally opt to do so.