Field guide on African Animal Trypanosomiasis

Ethiopian cattle
FAO/17086/M. Marzot


FAO has published a new edition of its well-known "Field Guide for the Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of African Animal Trypanosomiasis". The animal and human disease trypanosomiasis is one of the greatest obstacles to agricultural development in Africa. The disease and its vector, the tsetse fly, infest one-third of the African continent and affect nearly all large domestic animals, including sheep, goats, cattle and horses.

The publication is a guide for field control personnel. The new edition retains the principal focus on Africa, but is also relevant to the Americas, Asia and Europe, because of the spread of African trypanosomes. Attention is given to methods of disease control other than those using chemotherapy and chemoprophylaxis, because experts have realized that drugs alone are not a sustainable answer. For instance, the important subject of control of trypanosomiasis through vector control is covered in this new edition.

Go to The Programme against African Trypanosomiasis

A Field Guide for the Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of African Animal Trypanosomiasis
G. Uilenberg (adapted from the original by W. P. Boyt)
ISBN 92-5-104238-1

For a free copy (quote title and ISBN) contact:
FAO Distribution Unit
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome
Italy

Email: claire.majastre@fao.org

26 April 1999


Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture meets in Rome

FAO/19718/G. Bizzarri


The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is meeting for its Eighth Session from 19 to 23 April at FAO Headquarters in Rome. A key item on the agenda is the continuation of inter-governmental negotiations for revision of the International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources. It is hoped that the revised undertaking - the first international instrument to regulate access to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the sharing of benefits derived from them - will be ready for adoption by the FAO Conference in November 1999.

Meeting documents
Italy holds expert meeting on plant genetic resources

20 April 1999


Food agencies in Rome agree to increase collaboration

Agreements aimed at strengthening collaboration between the three Rome-based UN food agencies - FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) - were signed this week in support of world food security.

FAO and WFP have signed an agreement to expand their existing cooperative activities related to the Special Programme for Food Security. Launched by FAO in 1994, the SPFS helps low-income food-deficit countries boost food production in order to cut costs and increase access to food in poor communities in both rural and urban areas.

An agreement signed by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf and the President of IFAD, Mr Fawzi Al-Sultan, also underlined the need to boost food production and increase access to food in low-income food-deficit countries in the context of the SPFS. The two agencies agreed to cooperate more closely in the field and to use existing joint operations as a basis for developing further collaborative activities.

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24 March 1999


Freshwater fisheries under threat in most regions of the world

Freshwater fish production is being threatened by environmental degradation in most regions of the world, FAO has warned: "Industrialization, urbanization, deforestation, mining and agricultural land and water use often cause degradation of aquatic environments, which is the greatest threat to inland fish production." Environmental degradation affecting freshwater areas is reported to be increasing in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic States.

In 1997, reported freshwater fish yields accounted for approximately 6 percent of the total global fish production of 122 million tonnes. Yet, despite its importance as a major source of food and protein, particularly in poor countries, freshwater fish production is often underreported, and many policy makers are unaware of its importance for food supplies and income generation. As a result, most inland fish producers suffer from the lack or inadequacy of rights and institutional support. According to FAO, inland fisheries should be better integrated into water and land management. The Organization also recommends actions that can be taken at community, farm and state and national levels.

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24 March 1999


Network to promote rabbit breeding in Mediterranean countries has first meeting

A network established to promote rabbit breeding in Mediterranean countries will have its inaugural meeting at FAO headquarters on 18 and 19 March. The "International Observatory on Rabbit Breeding in Mediterranean countries" has been set up to promote rabbit breeding for food security, income-generation purposes, diversification of livestock and better use of feed resources.

The network has been established with the assistance of FAO, as well as the support of specialized organizations including the Italian rabbit-breeding society ANCI (Associazione Nazionale Coniglicoltori Italiani) and the Italian Ministry for Rural Politics. Some 14 Mediterranean countries will be represented at the meeting, half of which are from the Arab world, including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.

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More on the meeting

17 March 1999  



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