Over USD 300 000 to control peste des petits ruminants in Liberia

Over USD 300 000 to control peste des petits ruminants in Liberia

20/11/2015

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is providing USD 318 000 to control the peste des petits ruminants (PPR) outbreak in Liberia. This disease is well known as the plague that affects small ruminants such as goats and sheep.

The project is being funded as a FAO Technical Cooperation agreement between the Organization and Government of Liberia under FAO’s emergency intervention for the control of PPR. FAO Representative in Liberia, Mr Marc Abdala and Agriculture Minister, Dr Moses Zinnah, launched the project on 20 November 2015 on behalf of FAO and the Government of Liberia respectively.

FAO has expressed the optimism that the project will contribute to the protection of livestock and farmers’ livelihoods as well as   the food security of Liberians and will greatly increase the resilience of the country against the future outbreaks.

In July, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture announced the outbreak of an animal disease that killed over 2 000 goats and sheep in Nimba and Lofa Counties. The Government of Liberia immediately requested FAO for technical and financial support to control the outbreak of PPR.