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
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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