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.
A Field Guide for the Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
of African Animal Trypanosomiasis
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20 April 1999
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 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.
24 March 1999
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.
17 March 1999