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Risk mitigation along poultry value chain to address avian influenza piloted

FAO consults stakeholders to implement risk mitigation measures

Stakeholders' Meeting
15/05/2018 Bangkok, Thailand

With the continuing threat of avian influenza in Asia, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been involved in a series of consultations with key stakeholders in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam. The consultations were aimed at piloting risk mitigation measures along the poultry value chains in the four countries.

Poultry consumption demand is projected to grow by more than 300 percent from 2000 to 2030 in Asia. However, the continuing risk of the introduction of avian influenza,  threatens this projected growth and livelihoods  as sporadic incursions of avian influenza continue to be reported in the region.

“FAO will be assisting the four key countries by piloting risk mitigation along the poultry value chain through a regional project,” Wantanee Kalpravidh FAO’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) Regional Manager said. She explained that the regional project will focus on strengthening coordination and capacities based on research-based evidence with various risk management initiatives and efforts at country level have being planned and implemented.

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), FAO will specifically aim to strengthen stakeholder engagement, coordination and improve capacities to manage cross-border movement of poultry and poultry products including the improvement of poultry production practices and live bird market management.

“The unique feature of this recent regional project is that it focuses on stakeholder engagement, especially communities. Its success, however, will depend on partnerships and collaboration among partners,” Kalpravidh explained. She also said that “stakeholders need to identify equitable benefits and incentives to ensure long term sustainability and success of project objectives.”

National Steering Committees have been identified in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam. Project activities will be implemented in coordination with communities, private sector, gender groups, and local and national animal health authorities.

Visit the FAO ECTAD Website to learn more about our work: http://www.fao.org/emergencies/fao-in-action/ectad/en/

 

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