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Animal Production and Health Division (AGA)

The AGA Division supports member countries to strengthen the contribution of the livestock sector towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – as animal rearing on farms can be particularly effective at reducing hunger and poverty.

The Division endeavours to facilitate the participation of all livestock producers – large and small – to grow the sector, especially in developing countries.

Our vision

A world where the livestock sector sustainably contributes to the welfare of people and conservation of natural resources.


The Animal Production and Health Division’s work is carried out by the Office of the Director, four technical service teams, staff in regional and country offices, as well as with multi-stakeholders platforms and other groups, who guide the livestock sector towards more socially, economically and environmentally desirable outcomes.

Office of the Director

  • Administrative oversight of the Division's work.
  • Programme coordination

Contact: Mr Berhe G. Tekola, Director

Animal Health Service

Focuses on strengthening veterinary systems and public health. The Service develops practical strategies and guidance to address endemic and emerging threats from animal sources, the assurance of safe trade, efficient production and food safety.  

Contact: Mr Juan Lubroth, Chief

Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch

Analyses sector trends from a social, economic and environmental perspective and develops tools and policy guidance for sustainable livestock development.

Contact: Mr Henning Steinfeld, Chief

Animal Genetic Resources Branch (AGAG) and Livestock Production Systems Branch (AGAS)

Works on animal genetics and animal production - including feed and feeding systems, pastoralism, genetic diversity management and system analysis - to improve livestock production systems in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner.

Contact: Mr Badi Besbes, Chief