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Livestock census key to better policies and investments

Vaccinations, laboratories and territorial issues also raised in talk between Graziano da Silva and Senegal's Livestock Minister
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Director-General Jose' Graziano da Silva meets with Senegal's Minister for Livestock Aminata Mbengue Ndiaye

1 November 2013, Dakar, Senegal - Senegal's Minister for Livestock Aminata Mbengue Ndiaye received FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva for a wide-ranging discussion of challenges facing pastoralists, including improving data on livestock.

The Minister thanked FAO for the organization's support, particularly in the area of livestock vaccinations, while the two discussed other ways to improve animal and human health and well-being.

Graziano da Silva  highlighted FAO’s great concern about the control of animal diseases which affect productivity and competitiveness, but also human public health, to the extent that some diseases can be transmitted to  people. He informed the minister that FAO support to the control of animal diseases through vaccination, developing guidelines, and also  the upgrade of existing laboratories in Senegal will be considered.

The discussion  also touched on the issue of livestock census, which  was raised during the forum organized by the World Bank on pastoralism.

Graziano da Silva affirmed FAO’s engagement with the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought control in the Sahel (CILSS) and its member countries to improve data collection and identification of livestock in the Sahel. He emphasized the importance of this aspect for better policy formulation and decision-making.

The Director-General also commended the Senegalese government for its work in pastoralism and securing zones for pastoralists,   thereby avoiding conflicts.