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March 21, 2012

Digital pens use wireless technology to cut disease reporting times

Putting Pen to Paper in a Digital World

FAO project in Southern Africa bridges digital divide
Veterinary authorities in countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) used to have to make major decisions – such as quarantining – based on sketchy and slow disease information from the field. Until one day, an FAO livestock officer and an IT colleague came together to apply wireless technology to the old-school pen and paper. Suddenly, information that once arrived in a month took just seconds. Innovative digital pens scan disease reports at village level, then send them wirelessly to a cell phone and onward to servers in the capital. [...]

FAO is working to protect and restore livelihoods in the Sahel.

FAO calls for an additional $69.8 million to head off food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel,
including support to herders to boost fodder production, veterinary medicines and restocking of animals. [...]

Which of these animal species was the first to be domesticated?

Cattle, Goat, Pig, Sheep
[Check the answer]

19-25 March > Chiapas, Mexico
Second World Conference on Organic Beekeeping
27-29 March > Istanbul, Turkey
Third FMD week
1-4 April > London, UK
8th International Symposium on Avian Influenza
2- 4 April > Rome, Italy
Agenda of Action in Support of Sustainable Livestock Development Workshop: Closing the efficiency gap

Scientific Developments and Technical Challenges in the Progressive Control of FMD in South Asia: presentations and photogallery



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