Animal Production and Health

Animal Production and Health

The Animal Production and Health Sub-programme contribute to the enhancement of global food security through the implementation of sustainable livestock production systems using nuclear and nuclear related techniques. We assist Member States to improve livestock productivity through the efficient use of locally available feed resources, adequate management practices and breeding programmes for indigenous and upgraded animals, and diagnostic tools and prophylactic measures for the control and prevention of animal and zoonotic diseases.

Support and guidance is provided in formulating and implementing activities that underpin Member States’ national, regional and global livestock development objectives in strategic, applied and adaptive research, technology transfer, capacity building, policy advice and information management.

Highlights
Strengthening laboratory network for early and rapid diagnosis of transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases in Botswana  Strengthening laboratory network for early and rapid diagnosis of transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases in Botswana. An IAEA technical cooperation project has helped to transform BNVL from a national veterinary laboratory requiring the support of international reference laboratories to a laboratory self-sufficient in first line diagnoses and diagnostic confirmations.   Read More »
Fast Response to HPAI Outbreak Avoids Economic Losses in the Congo Fast Response to HPAI Outbreak Avoids Economic Losses in the Congo. At the end of May 2017, the Congo (DRC) was faced with what appeared to be its first-ever outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Rapid confirmation was critical. Animal and public health officials needed to know if it really was the avian influenza virus, and, if so, which strain of the virus was present. Read More »
Detecting Vector Borne Disease: IAEA and FAO Help Enhance Capacity in Europe Detecting Vector Borne Disease: IAEA and FAO Help Enhance Capacity in Europe. Mosquitoes, ticks, flies, lice, aquatic snails have a particular feature in common ­ they can transmit disease to animals and humans. These diseases are called ‘vector-borne’ as their transmission occurs via a vector (a mosquito, tick, etc.) that carries and transmits the infectious pathogen into another living organism. Read More »
NEW FAO/IAEA CRP: Stable Isotopes Help Trace Bird Migrations to Investigate the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (D32034) NEW FAO/IAEA CRP: Stable Isotopes Help Trace Bird Migrations to Investigate the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (D32034). When outbreaks of disease happen, locating the origin and pattern and its transmission are of critical importance — and isotope techniques can help. Read More »
Benin Introduces Artificial Insemination in Cattle, Improving Animal Breeding and Nutrition Benin Introduces Artificial Insemination in Cattle, Improving Animal Breeding and Nutrition. For the first time, the government of Benin is introducing artificial insemination in cattle. Read More »
Genetic Analysis in Burkina Faso Guides Farmers in Improving Sheep and Goat Productivity Genetic Analysis in Burkina Faso Guides Farmers in Improving Sheep and Goat Productivity. Burkina Faso uses genetic characterisation data for breeding sheep and goats for enhancing productivity while increasing their resistance to parasite infections. An improved feeding practice supports further increase in the productivity of the animals. Read More »
Integrated Farming Finds Success in India with Help of Nuclear Science Integrated Farming Finds Success in India with Help of Nuclear Science. Farmers have teamed up with scientists to find new ways to produce more food, improve the quality of their farmland and earn more money. With the help of nuclear techniques, they now have a method for producing high quality livestock and more crops while protecting the health of their soil for a future of more fertile farming. Read More »
Laboratory Network that Helped Win Rinderpest Battle Expands Efforts to Control other Animal Diseases Laboratory Network that Helped Win Rinderpest Battle Expands Efforts to Control other Animal Diseases. In May this year the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus was for the first time ever reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite the fact that the disease was considered exotic and had never before been experienced in this country, the national veterinary laboratory in Kinshasa, a partner in the VETLAB Network, was well prepared. Once confirmed, it immediately notified the World Organization for Animal Health and started the implementation of control measures. Read More »
Lesotho, Better Prepared to Fight Animal Diseases Lesotho, Better Prepared to Fight Animal Diseases. Diagnosing animal diseases early and rapidly is now possible in Lesotho, a country of two million in southern Africa that up until recently relied on foreign laboratories for analysis. Thanks to the support of the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), veterinary scientists in the capital Maseru are since June using nuclear and nuclear derived technologies to identify and characterize viruses that affect livestock and humans. Read More »
IAEA brings together experts from Africa to increase preparedness for Ebola and other zoonotic diseases IAEA brings together experts from Africa to increase preparedness for Ebola and other zoonotic diseases. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is bringing together African human health, veterinary and wildlife experts this week to strengthen early warning systems for managing animal-to-human, or zoonotic, disease outbreaks. Read More »
Laboratory Network that Helped Win Rinderpest Battle Expands Efforts to Control other Animal Diseases Laboratory Network that Helped Win Rinderpest Battle Expands Efforts to Control other Animal Diseases. When the avian influenza virus was spreading across Asia into Africa in the early 2000s, veterinary extension services gathered virus samples from the field, but often had to send them abroad for diagnosis because their national labs were not prepared to conduct the specific tests needed. VETLAB, a Joint FAO/IAEA Division network of veterinary diagnostic laboratories, is today helping countries in Africa and Asia achieve rapid and reliable diagnosis. Read More »
DR Congo Scientists Control Avian Influenza Outbreak Using Nuclear Techniques DR Congo Scientists Control Avian Influenza Outbreak Using Nuclear Techniques. Scientists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have identified a new outbreak of avian influenza using highly specific and sensitive nuclear-derived techniques. Thanks to a quick detection and characterization of the virus and subsequent local response, the outbreak is currently under control and limited to the Lake Albert region, near the border with Uganda, scientists have said. Read More »
Veterinary Labs Receive Emergency Toolkits for Handling Disease Outbreaks Veterinary Labs Receive Emergency Toolkits for Handling Disease Outbreaks. An emergency toolkit, containing laboratory testing materials critical in the rapid detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses, has been assembled by the Joint FAO/IAEA Division and is now available to African veterinary laboratories on request. Companion biosecurity cases, containing personal protective equipment, sampling materials and disinfectants needed for field samples collection and secure shipment of samples for testing in veterinary laboratories, have also been made available. Read More »
Using Nuclear Science to expand the Vaccines Portfolio Using Nuclear Science to expand the Vaccines Portfolio. The discovery and production of vaccines was a major breakthrough in efforts to protect people and animals from infectious diseases. Through vaccination, smallpox in humans and rinderpest in animals, have both been eradicated from the planet. However, the portfolio of preventable diseases must expand. A number of innovative vaccines are now in development, using an approach that calls for irradiating the pathogens. See Video »
IAEA Director General Highlights IAEA Support for Development During Myanmar Visit IAEA Director General Highlights IAEA Support for Development During Myanmar Visit. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano highlighted the important role of nuclear science and technology in supporting sustainable development in his discussions with State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, during his visit to Myanmar last week. Read More »
IAEA Helps Bulgaria Tackle Cattle Disease with Nuclear-Derived Technique IAEA Helps Bulgaria Tackle Cattle Disease with Nuclear-Derived Technique. Traditionally common to Africa and Asia, lumpy skin disease emerged in Turkey in 2013 and has since spread rapidly through south-eastern Europe. The IAEA, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Commission, is providing laboratory support and expertise to help countries battle this cattle disease, which can cause significant economic losses to farmers. See Video »
Artificial Insemination Doubles Value of Cambodian Cows, Increasing Farmers' Income Artificial Insemination Doubles Value of Cambodian Cows, Increasing Farmers' Income. Rolling out the artificial insemination programme for cattle in Cambodia would open up market opportunities and increase farmers’ income, according to researchers and veterinary officials in the province where a pilot programme is under way with support from the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Read More »
Nuclear Techniques Help Diagnose Camel Disease in the Middle East Nuclear Techniques Help Diagnose Camel Disease in the Middle East. An emerging disease affecting camels and people is threatening the Middle East and its neighbours. Last month, the IAEA in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) trained veterinary laboratory staff from this region on how to detect and diagnose the disease using nuclear and nuclear-derived techniques. Read More »
Vets in Africa Help Prevent Spread of Ebola and Other Zoonotic Diseases Vets in Africa Help Prevent Spread of Ebola and Other Zoonotic Diseases. During the Ebola epidemic of 2014, the IAEA reacted quickly to provide specialized diagnostic equipment to help combat the Ebola virus. With the immediate crisis over, the focus is now on longer term prevention. The IAEA, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is providing expertise and equipment to help countries use nuclear-derived techniques to detect zoonotic diseases and respond to them. Read More »
Strengthening Africa’s Regional Capacity for Diagnosis of Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic Diseases Strengthening Africa’s Regional Capacity for Diagnosis of Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic Diseases. A key issue in dealing with highly contagious infectious zoonotic diseases is the personal safety of medical and veterinary staff during processes where they may be exposed to dangerous pathogens. To facilitate dissemination of safety knowledge in this area, the Joint FAO/IAEA Division has generated two videos: the first is a general introduction to the topic itself; the second a step-by-step instruction guide to the correct use of personal protective equipment during field sampling. Read More & Watch Videos »

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