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A farmer with his cow. ©FAO/Believe Nyakudjara

Hardy cattle boost Zimbabwe farmers’ incomes

The European Union (EU), FAO and the Government of Zimbabwe launched a major programme to assist smallholder farmers boost productivity and engage in commercial agriculture through integrated farming approaches. The 4-year US$19 million programme is managed by FAO and focuses on smallholder irrigation and livestock production support activities [read more]

 

A poultry farm in Chad. ©FAO/Sia KambouWorries rise over outbreaks of avian flu in West Africa

FAO calls for $20 million to prevent spread across region of 330 million people

FAO’s appeal for $20 million for prevention and response foresees bolstering weak veterinary systems, improving the capabilities of local laboratories and putting FAO specialists on the ground in affected and at-risk countries. In the countries that have experienced outbreaks, response interventions include destruction of infected and exposed poultry, disinfection of premises and markets and the safe disposal of dead birds. [read more]

 

in action

  • ©FAO/Ami VitaleFAO boosts capacity of the Ugandan government to fight Foot-and-Mouth disease [...]
  • ©FAO ECTAD IndonesiaFAO ECTAD Indonesia: a fun way to exchange messages with farmers at the Indolivestock Expo [...]

highlights

  • Supporting development of efficient livestock production systems in SenegalFAO projects win prizes at EXPO 2015
    Two initiatives in Niger and Senegal win awards for best practices in sustainable development. Second prize went to "Eradication of the tsetse fly Glossina palpalis gambiensis from the Niayes in Senegal"…[read more]