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  • Nicoline de Haan
    Socio Economist (Livestock Disease Prevention and Control)
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


A Guide to Compensation Schemes for Livestock Disease Control is now available

Livestock and products from livestock are important commodities to world economies, to international trade and to people who make their living from livestock. Diseases threaten the productivity of livestock systems and the ability of countries to engage in international trade of livestock and derived products.

Governments may implement a range of control measures to prevent and control the occurrence and spread of infectious animal diseases. One such measure is culling (killing) and safely disposing of infected animals and those at risk. Animals may be culled even before they show clinical symptoms of a disease if they are at high risk of having been exposed to infection. Experience from many countries shows that compensating or paying farmers for the value of the animals destroyed is an important measure to increase farmer cooperation with government culling schemes and encourage them to report disease.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have compiled a Guide to Compensation Schemes for Livestock Diseases. This guide describes the practical steps that are needed to design and implement a compensation scheme and provides templates and examples in English and Spanish. Much experience has been gained from HPAI control and many of the examples are taken from poultry systems, but the approach is relevant for any species of livestock and any disease where culling is used to control outbreaks.

The Guide to Compensation Schemes is available here.

A copy on CD can be requested by writing to FAO-AGA-info@fao.org.