GTFS/INT/907/ITA - Controlling Trans-boundary Animal Diseases in Central Asian Countries

Region Asia & Pacific
Subregion Central Asia
Country/Territory Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Objective Increasing Food Security by reducing livestock production losses caused by infectious diseases, contributing to global rinderpest eradication.
Activities and Outcomes The project enables national veterinary services to gain a better understanding of diseases' prevalence and impact in their countries, and also, to plan and implement appropriate control measures in the beneficiary countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are just project observers. The project is then contributing to global rinderpest eradication by providing data in order to verify regional freedom from the disease. The project fights against poverty and food insecurity by improving the livestock-farming sector, animal productivity and cross-border trade. Project specific outcomes are: 1) assessing the verification of freedom from rinderpest and enabling countries to enter the OIE Pathway to Rinderpest Freedom; 2) Better understanding the impact of Pest des Petits Ruminants (PPR), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and other major livestock pests through a more effective planning for diseases' control, resulting in reduced livestock losses and improved livestock cross-border trade; 3) Establishing communication between the countries for collaborative disease control to enable national veterinary authorities to assess threats and establish priorities for disease control activities; 4) Assist beneficiary countries in establishing national disease control programmes for Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs). The establishment or improvement of disease control programmes will limit the risk and impact of diseases on livestock farmers, improving the productivity and security of livestock production. All project participating countries have been recognized officially free from rinderpest through project support.
Donor Government of Italy
Duration 2004 − 2012
Budget USD 6,747,124
Project status Active
Component Trans-boundary animal and plant pests and diseases

Involved Instituions



Giancarlo Ferrari:

FAO Project Leader

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Jan Slingenbergh:

FAO Lead Technical Unit Officer

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