Animal Production and Health Division (NSA)

The NSA Division supports member countries to strengthen the contribution of the livestock sector towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – as animal rearing on farms can be particularly effective at reducing hunger and poverty.

The Division endeavours to facilitate the participation of all livestock producers – large and small – to grow the sector, especially in developing countries.

Our vision

A world where the livestock sector sustainably contributes to the welfare of people and conservation of natural resources. 

Areas of activity

The Animal Production and Health Division’s work is carried out by the Office of the Director, four technical service teams, staff in regional and country offices, as well as with multi-stakeholders platforms and other groups, who guide the livestock sector towards more socially, economically and environmentally desirable outcomes.

Office of the Director

  • Administrative oversight of the Division's work.
  • Programme coordination

Contact: Mr Thanawat Tiensin, 
NSA Director

One Health and Disease Control Branch (NSAH)

Advances One Health principles for sustainable livestock transformation to enhance efficient production and safeguard livelihoods, the food chain, trade, and global health. The Branch develops evidence-based policies, provides technical guidance, facilitates coordination and fosters collaboration at global, regional, and national levels to prevent and control transboundary and high-impact animal diseases, zoonoses, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in agrifood systems — strengthening health system capacities, supporting emergency response, and helping to reduce the burden of health threats.

Contact: Mr Thanawat Tiensin, 
NSA Director

Livestock Innovation, Climate and Post-harvesting Solutions Branch (NSAL) 

Pioneers innovative, evidence-based solutions for livestock, climate change, and environmental challenges. It spearheads efforts in data compilation, harmonization, and management regarding livestock populations, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental performance, and post-harvesting practices. Analyzing sector trends across social, economic, and environmental dimensions, it develops tools, policies, and guidelines for sustainable livestock transformation.

Contact: Mr Dominik Wisser

Sustainable Animal Production, Feed and Genetics Branch (NSAP)  

Focuses on contributing to the promotion and implementation of sustainable practices in animal production, feed management, and animal genetics. The Branch’s work aims to optimize the productivity and efficiency of livestock systems while minimizing their environmental impacts. Key areas of focus include sustainable animal production systems, improved feed management practices and feed safety, advancing animal genetics and the management of genetic diversity, promoting animal welfare and resilient pastoralism, and system analysis — to enhance livestock production systems in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner.

Contact: Mr Badi Besbes, Chief

NSA mandate
  • Support countries to sustainably grow the livestock sector.
  • Ensure the availability of safe and quality animal products.
  • Promote inclusive and efficient livestock markets.
  • Enhance smallholders’ resilience and governments’ capacities to prevent and respond to livestock-related emergencies – whether caused by disease or natural disaster.
  • Promote best practices that maintain animal health, welfare and livestock productivity.
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