In Central Asia, the vast majority of livestock production is still done at the household level. Sheep, goats, poultry and dairy animals make a substantial contribution to household food security by providing food, income, energy and fertilizers.
Nevertheless, small-scale livestock producers are often constrained by poor access to markets and the presence of diseases that may result in productivity well below the potential.
Through the Office, Central Asian countries are assisted in developing and implementing programmes to improve the income of small-scale producers and in developing appropriate preventive and response mechanisms (early warning, early detection and early response) to the threats posed by transboundary animal diseases.
Animal Production and Health Officer: Abdul Baqi MEHRABAN