FAO emergencies and resilience

Animal health


FAO plays a critical role in strengthening countries’ preparedness and response capacity to reduce the impact of animal health emergencies that can threaten livelihoods and food security, particularly in lower income countries with vulnerable infrastructures. By building capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease threat and helping to avoid national, regional and global spread, FAO animal health programmes are critical in protecting people and animals from animal disease threats. 

Through its Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), FAO builds animal health capacity to prevent, detect and respond to zoonotic and non-zoonotic disease outbreaks at source. 

Through its Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health (EMC-AH), FAO has been leading global animal health emergency management since 2006 using a One Health approach. The Centre’s core functions are laid out under four pillars: preparedness, response, incident coordination, and collaboration and resource mobilization.

ECTAD and EMC-AH work hand in hand to increase resilience to future global threats and to protect the world against One Health and livestock crises.

Gaza: FAO contributes to fighting malnutrition and starvation

From FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

Fighting animal diseases in Yemen

Community animal health workers fill veterinary gaps left by the conflict

Poultry farming reaps year-round rewards, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

Beyond food security, some local farmers reach for food sovereignty, one chicken at a time

Emergency Management Centre: Achievements overview, November 2022–October 2023

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Emergency Management Centre is a global centre that supports the management of One...

Chad: Integrated livestock management to address acute malnutrition in children

High levels of food insecurity and acute malnutrition persist in Chad despite investments by government, humanitarian and development actors.

Protect people and animals from disease outbreaks: FAO Global Stockpile for Emergency Animal Diseases

This document provides an overview of the activities conducted through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Global Stockpile...

Producing rich organic fertilizer from deceased birds

This video presents scientific and practical information to teach poultry breeders and small and medium poultry farms how to convert daily dead chickens...

Lumpy skin disease: how to protect farmers and stop the spread

This video aims to raise the knowledge of farmers and relevant stakeholders on lumpy skin disease (LSD) and how to reduce its spread and transmission...