GLOBAL LACTOPEROXIDASE PROGRAMME

NEWSLETTER NO. 3

 

Note from the President, Prof. Olof Claesson, Uppsala, Sweden

 

Introduction
I have the pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Hiroshi Kudo, a Japanese national and currently holding the position of Chief of the Animal Production Service of FAO, as Vice President of the Global Lactoperoxidase Programme. Dr. Kudo is a well-known expert in Animal Production and has given his full support to the programme since his arrival in FAO in 1998. We welcome him to the programme and look forward to working together!

 

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Dr. Hiroshi Kudo

 

Activities in the Global Lactoperoxidase Programme have been gaining momentum over the last few months culminating in the Second Annual Meeting of Lactoperoxidase Experts which took place at FAO Head Quarters in Rome from 1-3 December 1999. The invited experts from all five regions of the world attended the meeting. Public and private participants travelled from many of the regions e.g. Africa, showing the truly global outreach and early impact of the information and awareness activities of the experts, Secretariat and participating institutions. 

The meeting was conducted in a well organised and focused manner and full participation by the experts resulted in the resolution of all outstanding issues. The experts agreed that we have now reached a critical point in the Global Lactoperoxidase Programme. The first phase of the programme, which was designed as preparatory for the implementation of a global outreach and demonstration programme, ended in December 1999. The Swedish Government generously funded the preparatory phase. 

The meeting succeeded in generating substantial donor interest and some bridging funds have been provided by the Irish government. 

The secretariat of the programme, which is based in the Animal Production Service of FAO in Rome, is now prepared to move into the Implementation phase for the participating 80 countries and numerous regional institutions. As soon as sufficient funds are available, a comprehensive demonstration and dissemination programme of activities, (Phase II), will be implemented in the participating countries.

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Participants of the second Global Lactoperoxidase Group of Experts Meeting
(photograph taken at Lanuvio water buffalo farm)

From the Secretariat:
 

  • The major event since the second newsletter has been the three-day meeting of the Lactoperoxidase group of Experts, which was held from 1-3 December 1999 at FAO Head Quarters in Italy. Selected donors were invited to join the meeting during the first day where a comprehensive review of the activities of the programme was undertaken. The second day included a half-day visit to an integrated water buffalo farm located near Rome as well as presentations on developments in the use of Lactoperoxidase by the major manufacturers and distributors. Day 3 was mainly taken up in the discussion and development of the DRAFT FUTURE STRATEGY FOR THE GLOBAL LACTOPEROXIDASE PROGRAMME, JAN 2000 - JULY 2001. The secretariat is currently refining this strategy which will shortly be made available to the experts for consultation via E-mail and fax.
  • The proceedings of the December meeting are now being finalised and will be available by the end of February 2000.
  • The secretariat has managed to organise demonstrations select areas in Algeria, Ecuador and during a regional FAO/IDF meeting in Zimbabwe. Feedback from participants yet again reinforced the urgent need for moving into the demonstration phase of the project.
  • The Animal Production and Health Division took the initiative to fund a series of demonstrations in Guyana in October 1999. Six workshops were held in total in areas as previously identified by the National Dairy Development Programme (NDDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries, Crops and Livestock. All demonstrations were well attended and generated huge interest among farmers, farmers groups, extension agents and private processors and milk collectors. (see photos below) NDDP in consultation with the Food and Drugs department are to draft legislation covering the national use of Lactoperoxidase as an effective and safe method of milk preservation for areas where cooling is not an option. The government of Guyana has also requested FAO assistance in the catalysation of small-scale milk processing in combination with the use of the LP-s.

 

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The Minister of Fisheries, Crops and Livestock, Hon. Satyadeow Sawh M.P. as the main speaker during one of the NDDP/FAO farmers workshops promoting the Lactoperoxidase system of milk preservation as one of the key tools in the development of small milk processing in Guyana

A typical rural roadway which is completely submerged by floodwaters during the rainy season

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In riverine areas the daily launch is used for milk collection and distribution. Most of the current dairy production is located along the banks of the five major rivers in the country.

The Principal of Leguan Island Secondary School showing the results of the alcohol test of LP-s treated and untreated (control sample) milk:

 

Upcoming activities

The home page of the GLP is to be expanded and incorporate a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section and also additional reports and feedback from demonstrations. 

In collaboration with Dr Fabra of CENSA, Cuba, the secretary of the Global Lactoperoxidase Programme, Dr. J.C. Lambert, will be making a regional demonstration on the application and use of Lactoperoxidase for representatives of the Latin American Dairy Sector in March 2000. The meeting will include senior public officials, dairy development advisors and representatives from the private sector and is expected to result in additional interest in the programme. 

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