Animal health

Developing gender-sensitive biosecurity plans for smallholder farmers

This webinar, conducted as part of the Progressive Management Pathway for Terrestrial Animal Biosecurity Community of Practice, showcased the approach taken by FAO to improve veterinary paraprofessional (VPP) services and outreach to female smallholder farmers. 

Women represent two-thirds of low-income livestock farmers, however, their role in ensuring animal health is often overlooked.  Prioritizing women’s access to animal health services can unlock the potential of women as agents of change and catalysts for sustainable development of the livestock sector.

The webinar describes assessments conducted to understand extension service needs of female farmers and challenges for female VPPs. The work included the development of gender-sensitive biosecurity plans, and was piloted in South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria. 

Emma Alegi, Gender Specialist, Joint Centre for Zoonoses and AMR, FAO HQ
Nafinatu Abdullahi, Veterinary Paraprofessional Project Specialist, FAO ECTAD Nigeria