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Hoja informativa del FCC-EMPRES

En esta sección se presentan las actividades básicas del EMPRES del MGCCA, exponiendo programas e iniciativas eficaces que ilustran la función que la FAO desempeña para ayudar a los Estados Miembros a prevenir las plagas y enfermedades transfronterizas de animales y plantas de elevado impacto y las amenazas para la inocuidad alimentaria, así como a prepararse y responder ante las mismas.
En una serie de hojas de información se exponen las iniciativas que la FAO ha presentado y desarrollado, los ámbitos que ha mejorado y, sobre todo, los logros alcanzados respecto de la prevención de situaciones de emergencia que afectan a la cadena alimentaria y respecto de la preparación y la respuesta ante las mismas.

Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) caused by the virus named Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) is listed among the world’s worst 100 invasive species. BBTD is currently a major threat to banana cultivation in sub-Saharan Africa, and a menace for over 100 million people for whom banana is the major staple food.

FAO has been supporting countries in their efforts to control BBTD through awareness raising, farmer training and capacity building in various areas such as surveillance, diagnosis, prevention and integrated disease management.

The Mediterranean fruit fly (or medfly), Ceratitis capitata Wied., is considered a major agricultural pest worldwide because of its direct damage to fruit and vegetable production, and restrictions imposed to commercialization of horticultural commodities by countries free of the pest. The presence of this pest was officially reported in the Dominican Republic in March 2015. IAEA, FAO and USDA immediately joined hands to assist the country in establishing a national monitoring network to delimit the distribution of the outbreak and initiate an eradication campaign with support from the Guatemala, Mexico, USA Moscamed Programme and regional organizations. In July 2017, the Caribbean country declared officially that it is free of the invasive pest, only two years after an outbreak led to considerable damage to its agricultural industry.

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is one of the most contagious transboundary animal diseases (TADs). FMD is still widespread throughout the world. It still occurs in large parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia and the countries that are free of FMD today remains under constant threat of an incursion. The disease is well-known for its ability to severely affect and indeed disrupt regional and international trade in animals and animal products. It is also notorious for the enormous financial damage it can cause in FMD-free countries hit by an outbreak. FAO and and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) developed a 15-year global control strategy in 2012 to reduce the burden of FMD in endemic countries and maintain the status of FMD-free countries.

Fall Armyworm (FAW) (Spodoptera frugiperda), is an insect pest of more than 80 plant species, causing damage to economically important cultivated cereals such as maize, rice, sorghum, and also to vegetable crops and cotton. FAO and its partners have been at the forefront of tackling FAW and continue to support prevention, early warning, and effective response. This information sheet presents a critical tool of the FAO’s sustainable management programme for FAW in Africa, which is the FAW Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) mobile app. Data from the app provides valuable insights on how the insect populations change over time with ecology, to improve knowledge of its behaviour in Africa and guide best management.

La Marchitez por Fusarium es causada por el hongo Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense transmitido por el suelo. Es una de las enfermedades más destructivas de banano en todo el mundo. Su nueva Raza 4 Tropical (Foc R4T) ha causado graves pérdidas en el Sudeste Asiático, afectando negativamente la subsistencia de los pequeños productores. Recientemente, se ha extendido a África (Mozambique) y al Medio Oriente, causando preocupaciones de su posible propagación al subcontinente indio y América Latina con repercusiones graves para los pequeños productores, los trabajadores y la cadena de valor del banano.

Rabies is a preventable and fatal viral disease that kills an estimated 59 000 people every year. The virus is transmitted to people and other animals from exposure to the saliva of infected animals through bites and scratches. Most deaths occur in children in poor and rural communities living in Asia and Africa, where awareness about the disease and access to human and dog vaccines is limited. As a result, dog-mediated rabies is still present in over 150 countries, and its true burden is much higher than what is reported as many cases are not recognized or recorded. This underreporting of rabies cases in animals and humans remains the main reason for the lack of reliable data on the number of rabies cases and their impact on communities and society as a whole.

The livestock sector in Mongolia is the main pillar of the rural economy, contributing to 16 percent of the national GDP and providing livelihoods for 30 percent of its population. However, over the decades, the livestock industry has been confronted by occasional flare-ups of transboundary animal diseases (TADs).

Through their Joint Division, support from FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) enabled Mongolia to strengthen capacities in controlling animal diseases, especially transboundary diseases, by boosting research on safe nuclear and nuclear-derived techniques for diagnosis for quicker detection of the disease, training personnel on these techniques, and providing equipment and expert services.

La Marchitez por Fusarium es causada por el hongo Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense transmitido por el suelo. Es una de las enfermedades más destructivas de banano en todo el mundo. Su nueva Raza 4 Tropical (Foc R4T) ha causado graves pérdidas en el Sudeste Asiático, afectando negativamente la subsistencia de los pequeños productores. Recientemente, se ha extendido a África (Mozambique) y al Medio Oriente, causando preocupaciones de su posible propagación al subcontinente indio y América Latina con repercusiones graves para los pequeños productores, los trabajadores y la cadena de valor del banano.

Fall Armyworm is a transboundary insect pest that feeds on more than 80 crop plants, particularly maize when available, and it is able to move 100 km per night. It can cause significant yield losses if not well managed and has a high potential to affect food security.To support farmers and countries in responding to the FAW threat, FAO has taken a lead role in providing technical expertise, policy advice, training, coordination, and communication on FAW management.

The Red Palm Weevil (RPW) is the most destructive pest of palms, causing widespread damage to several palm species in diverse agro-ecosystems worldwide. This information sheet illustrates Mauritania’s pest management success story through an innovative participatory approach. It describes how FAO engaged farmers of Tidjikja to protect their oasis against RPW with inspection for early detection, treatment techniques, trap management and date palm cleaning.

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