GLOBAL LACTOPEROXIDASE PROGRAMME
NEWSLETTER NO. 3
Note from the President, Prof. Olof Claesson, Uppsala, Sweden
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.
Participants of the second Global Lactoperoxidase Group of Experts Meeting
From the Secretariat:
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
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:
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.