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.
|Ethiopia awards IAEA for continuous support in veterinary disease diagnostics. Since 2011, the IAEA, through the Joint FAO/IAEA Division, has increased its support to a network of veterinary laboratories (“VETLAB Network”) in sub-Saharan Africa through a project entitled “Strengthening Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories in Africa for Rapid and Specific Diagnosis of Transboundary Animal Diseases”. Read More »|
|The Joint FAO-IAEA Division is supporting Member States to combat H7N9 avian influenza - a new avian influenza virus concern for Humans. Avian Influenza, also known as “Avian Flu” or “Bird Flu” is caused by a virus that has a reservoir in wild birds. Usually, wild birds are resistant to the disease but do carry and secrete the virus, transmitting it to domesticated birds (chicken, duck, and turkey) that are susceptible and can become sick and die. Read More »|
|Botswana: Veterinary Laboratory. The Joint FAO/IAEA Division assisted the Botswana National Veterinary Laboratory (BNVL) building capacities on modern molecular techniques for the rapid diagnosis and establishment of methods for early warning, prevention and control of TADs and other infectious diseases. This enabled BNVL to implement a quality management system according to ISO standard 17025, which led to accreditation of 22 tests. Read More »|
|Mauritius: Local Feed Production. The Joint FAO/IAEA Division has been assisting Mauritius in increasing its research and extension capacities to render its dairy and meat industries competitive through producing feed locally, utilising by-products and residues of the sugar industry and also using land that has become available due to the decline in sugar cane production. Read More »|
|Mongolia: Animal Health Laboratories and Nutrition Research. Supports from the Joint FAO/IAEA Division have enabled Mongolian laboratories to improve animal nutrition and timely response to disease outbreaks. The Joint Division also assisted the sector in developing and implementing short, medium and long term strategies for controlling foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which enabled the Veterinary Service of Mongolia to successfully contain FMD outbreaks in 2010-2011 and 2013-2014. In 2013, 24.8 million animals were vaccinated again. Read More »|
|Myanmar: Livestock Breeding. Assistances from the Joint FAO/IAEA Division has supported Myanmar in developing laboratories with molecular and nuclear techniques for genetic characterisation of domestic animals, for delivering services to farmers that support animal breeding and for diagnosis and control of trans-boundary animal diseases. A new capacity to incorporate marker-assisted selection into an effective cattle breeding programme will also enable sustainable growth in the sector. Read More »|