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FAO’s Commitment


In its role as project coordinator and WP1, FAO ensures the day-to-day smooth financial, administrative and technical coordination and management of the activities of the project, facilitating to reach  the consensus of all partners when taking decisions that affect the overall project, as well as the official communications with the European Commission (EC) and other external parties. Coordination is done through the organization of yearly Progress Meetings, quarterly teleconferences of work package leaders, and email exchange. Moreover, FAO has designed the quality assurance system to ensure that the products will satisfy the quality standards throughout the project.

 

Within WP2, FAO is contributing to the identification of high-priority issues, e.g. diseases, policy, technical gaps, by participating in mapping exercises, questionnaires and webinars, as well as engaging with EC partners.


Under WP3, FAO participates and takes an active role in all the meetings, events, and trainings. Specifically, FAO leads the field epidemiology training, ensuring coordination with the existing China Field Epidemiology Training Programme for Veterinarians (China FETPV). Also, FAO coordinates the twinning activities with other European and Chinese research projects, such as ASFORCE, RISKSUR, STAR-IDAZ, EFFORT, or the EU-China Trade Project II. All the work conducted under LinkTADs on African swine fever (ASF) is well aligned with the Technical Cooperation Program (TCP) project to prevent the entry of the disease into China.


Within WP4, largely through the Joint FAO/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Division, FAO co-leads activities aimed at improving collaborations for the development of diagnostic technologies and vaccines.


Within WP5, also co-lead by FAO, FAO’s main task is to support policy dialogue between the EU and China, by providing support data, i.e. main findings and recommendations in the identification of research topics on animal infectious diseases of common interest, practical areas for cooperation, including existing bilateral programmes, the governance structure and funding model, as well as the priority activity areas. In addition, FAO coordinates the organization of policy dialogue consultation meetings (e.g. on ASF policy) and webinars.


FAO leads WP8, specifically the coordination of dissemination actions, which is one of the most critical components of LinkTADs. In order to reach a critical dissemination level, the project will address all target groups through a number of mechanisms, e.g. conferences and events, scientific articles in peer reviewed journals and other publications, web blog, news stories, and social media. FAO also leads the organization of webinars on priority topics, having coordinated two such webinars thus far, on disease outbreak investigation and surveillance for antimicrobial resistance.