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African swine fever: An unprecedented global threat- A challenge to livelihoods, food security and biodiversity. Call for action

Where: Series of webinars
When: 26-30 October 2020
What: Call for action

African swine fever (ASF) is one of the most devastating diseases affecting pigs across the globe today.

Outbreaks of ASF result in massive direct and indirect losses to swine industry, making it economically devastating in countries with highly industrialised pig farming but also in those countries with small-scale or back-yards pig production.

Despite prevention and control efforts, ASF is present in wild or domestic pigs in regions of Asia, Europe and Africa and has led to an unprecedented crisis to the global pig sector. The current situation presents a global risk to animal health and welfare, national and international economies, rural development, social and political behavior, national food security and national and international markets.

Building upon the experience of the long-standing collaboration between FAO and OIE for the management of animal health related risks and in response to the request made at the 87th OIE General Assembly, the joint OIE FAO Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs), launched the Initiative for the Global Control of ASF in July 2020 with the aim of fostering national, regional, and global partnerships, to strengthen control measures and to minimise the impact of this complex and challenging disease.

FAO and OIE call on countries and partners to join forces against this deadly pig disease. This Call to Action will involve specialists from national Veterinary Services, industry, research, academia, and regional and international partners.


  • Review existing and recently developed tools, mechanisms and practices to address the introduction and spread of ASF.
  • Release a global call for action to adopt and implement the GF-TADs Initiative for the Global Control of ASF.


  • Europe, Africa: 26-27 October + 30 October (Discussion and follow up actions) [Register here]
  • Asia and Pacific: 28-29 October + 30 October (Discussion and follow up actions) [Register here]
  • Americas: 28-29 October + 30 October (Discussion and follow up actions) [Register here]
  • Public-Private Partnership for ASF control: 27 October [Register here]




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