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  • Madhur Dhingra
    EMPRES Head
    FAO HQ, Room C-522
    Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
    Rome 00153, Italy
    Tel: +39 06 570 52360
  • [email protected]

Emergency Prevention System for Transboundary Animal and Plant Pests and Diseases (EMPRES)


Protecting livestock against diseases and preventing their spread is one of the keys to fighting hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The Emergency Prevention System for Transboundary Animal and Plant Pests and Diseases (EMPRES) was established by FAO’s Director General in 1994. AGA is entrusted with the EMPRES animal disease component, which provides information, training and emergency assistance to countries to prevent, contain and control the world’s most serious livestock diseases, while also surveying for newly emerging pathogens.


Most of the emerging human pathogens have an animal (livestock or wildlife) origin. Hence there is the need for national and regional animal disease surveillance systems to prevent not only losses to livestock production, but to reduce threats to human health as well.


The EMPRES strategy is to prevent and control diseases at their source. Prevention is at the core of EMPRES and investment in prevention is essential to secure sustainable and safe animal production. The core EMPRES precepts are: Early Warning, Early Detection, Early Reaction, Enabling Research, Co-ordination, and Communication.


The Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) is an initiative of EMPRES and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), with the objective of establishing a global early warning system for transboundary animal diseases and, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), important zoonoses, regional support units around the globe, and a mechanism to provide emergency technical assistance, as well as project development and management.