Animal health

Global consultation on African swine fever control

Hybrid Event, 12/12/2023 - 14/12/2023

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), is organizing a global consultation on African swine fever (ASF) control from 12 to 14 December 2023 at FAO's headquarters in Rome. ASF has spread to over 50 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific, and the Caribbean since 2007. It has had devastating impacts on pig production, the livelihoods of millions of farmers, stakeholders along pork value chains, affected food prices, national economies, and global food security.

The meeting, held in hybrid form, will bring together experts, policymakers, risk managers, and other stakeholders to discuss the latest science and knowledge on ASF, share lessons learned from different regions and production systems, and discuss latest developments in tools for decision support and control.

The global consultation will cover five main areas (as below):  

  • ASF epidemiology insights.
  • Progress in surveillance and diagnostics.
  • Building resilient and sustainable pig sectors.
  • Biosecurity and risk reduction.
  • Update on vaccine development and the role of vaccination.

The recommendations from the meeting will provide science and evidence-based recommendations for update of policy and decision-making for ASF prevention and control.

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