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Project "Improving food security in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting the progressive reduction of tsetse-transmitted trypanosomosis"

The FAO regional project "Improving food security in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting the progressive reduction of tsetse-transmitted trypanosomosis in the framework of NEPAD" (2013-2018) supported countries affected by trypanosomosis in reducing the burden of trypanosomosis through innovative field intervention techniques and improved planning. With a 2 million USD funding from the Government of Italy, the project targeted six countries as a priority (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Uganda), while also assisting a broader range of trypanosomosis-affected countries.

In the field of evidence-based decision making for improved planning, the project placed emphasis on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for disease risk assessment and mapping. The development of Atlases of tsetse and trypanosomosis was supported through capacity development, technical assistance and provision of IT equipment. In Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Kenya, innovative livestock protective fences (LPF) were introduced to help smallholders improve productivity, enhance food security and alleviate rural poverty.