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Focus on... Livestock disease

With more intensive agriculture, globalisation and climate change, the incidence and cost of livestock diseases are increasing. And as human and wildlife populations come closer together, the risk of emerging diseases also rises. Animal health issues impact not only on livestock but also on farmers, their markets and on food safety.

In this edition of New Agriculturist we focus on current efforts to tackle transboundary, zoonotic, and emerging diseases, including 'one health' approaches that address human and environmental concerns within the context of livestock disease control.

Stamping out sleeping sickness in Uganda

Stamping out sleeping sickness in Uganda

A public-private partnership in Uganda has been working to prevent a dangerous overlap in two forms of sleeping sickness, which would trigger a major public health crisis in the country. The approach has included the creation of a new network of vets to provide treatment and spraying services at affordable cost.

Date published: November 2011

Beyond eradication - maintaining a rinderpest-free world

Beyond eradication - maintaining a rinderpest-free world

While the global effort to eradicate rinderpest has been declared a success, care is still needed in disposing of vaccine stocks and virus samples, and a post-eradication strategy is essential to maintain emergency planning and preparedness.

Date published: November 2011

Strengthening animal health in Ethiopian pastoral areas

Strengthening animal health in Ethiopian pastoral areas

Community animal health workers (CAHWs) have proved essential in providing veterinary health care in Ethiopia's pastoral areas. With support from the FAO, CAHWs have been linked to new veterinary pharmacies, and training and selection of CAHWs has been standardised.

Date published: November 2011

Renewed research effort to tackle African Swine Fever

Renewed research effort to tackle African Swine Fever

A devastating disease of pigs, African Swine Fever causes up to 100 per cent mortality in previously unaffected animals. To better understand the complexities of the disease, a consortium of research and development organisations from around the world is implementing a range of approaches across Africa.

Date published: November 2011

Addressing zoonotic diseases and livelihoods in Tanzania

Addressing zoonotic diseases and livelihoods in Tanzania

In Tanzania, the Health for Animals and Livelihood Improvement (HALI) project has been working to understand disease pathways between livestock, wildlife and people, and to promote integrated policies to improve health in pastoralist communities.

Date published: November 2011

An environmental view of animal health and disease

An environmental view of animal health and disease

FAO is working with South-East Asian governments to implement a coordinated approach to managing pathogenic outbreaks and livestock productivity, through greater understanding and control of the environment in which animals live.

Date published: November 2011

Tephrosia leaf offers low-cost tick protection

Tephrosia leaf offers low-cost tick protection

Extract from the leaves of a common African shrub, Tephrosia vogelii, has long been used by certain pastoralist communities to protect their cattle against ticks. Now validated by science, this low-cost biological acaricide is being promoted by several Kenyan organisations, and endorsed by the government.

Date published: November 2011

Safe food, fair food: improving livestock health and livelihoods

Safe food, fair food: improving livestock health and livelihoods

Increasing market opportunities for African livestock farmers farmers could increase the risk of food-borne disease due to inadquate hygiene procedures. To improve the safety of livestock products, and boost livelihoods for smallscale livestock keepers, Dr Ramrajh is providing training in veterinary health care in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Date published: November 2011

 

 

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