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Evaluation of FAO/USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Programme – Phase II (EPT-2)


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been involved in the Emerging Pandemic Threats Programme (EPT-2), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) since 2014. The programme sets out to minimize impact of existing global pandemic threats and to detect, respond to and improve prevention of emerging threats.

Implementation of this programme at FAO has been carried out through 20 projects with efforts concentrated in 36 countries in Africa and Asia. It builds upon lessons learned in the first phase of the programme, in which FAO was involved in improving livestock disease surveillance, enhancing capacity of veterinary epidemiologists and laboratories and improving response to the avian influenza. EPT-2 focuses more in-depth in preventative measures to zoonotic novel pathogens thereby reducing the risk of emergence of such diseases.

This evaluation aims to trace the contribution of FAO’s interventions to the programme and assess its outcomes at global, regional and national level. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic it is highly recommended that FAO continue and expand its activities in the EPT-2 programme, concentrating more efforts in enabling policy, value chains and production.


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