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Wild meat and its multidimensional implications

24 October 2011 - On 26 October, FAO’s EMPRES will host inter-departmental discussions on wild meat and its role in nutrition, food security, and livelihoods in many societies across the globe.

While it is true that wild meat, also known as bushmeat, can provide food for households, it can also serve as an entry point for pathogens that can threaten the health of people involved in hunting, slaughtering, trading, preparing, and consuming wildlife, which is why the issue is being brought forth for discussion across different divisions of FAO.

Contributions to the discussions will be made by: the Animal Health and Production Division; the Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division; the Gender, Equity, and Rural Employment Division; and the Forestry and Fisheries Departments.

The goal of the exchanges is to develop a draft position paper on wild meat. At an earlier “One Health” workshop held in May 2011, it came to light that this issue warrants added attention as a possible human health risk as a route for introduction of zoonotic diseases at the human, wildlife, and ecosystem interface.

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