New $250 million USAID grant will increase FAO’s efforts to strengthen international well being safety and agrifood techniques

FAO livestock vaccination marketing campaign in Yemen.

26/10/2022 Rome

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are scaling up efforts to strengthen international animal meals safety with the goal of defending human lives and livelihoods whereas enhancing agrifood techniques and safeguarding the setting. 

USAID has reaffirmed as soon as once more its sturdy dedication to a longstanding and impactful partnership with FAO by granting $250 million to fund the FAO Global Health Security Programme (GHSP) for an additional five-year interval (2022-2027).

The new funding will help to implement the Quadripartite One Health Joint Plan of Action (OH-JPA), by enabling nations to maintain, with FAO help, the important animal well being and One Health capabilities developed in over 30 nations in Africa, South Asia and the Pacific, North Africa and the Near East. It may even assist to strengthen capacities in chosen new nations, thus serving to nationwide and regional stakeholders higher stop, detect and reply to well being threats on the human, animal and setting interfaces.

“We are very grateful to USAID for its beneficiant and well timed contribution and for its ongoing help and lengthy dedication,” mentioned FAO Director-General QU Dongyu. “Human motion, the local weather disaster, complicated worth chains, and the commerce of livestock, wildlife and their merchandise all contribute to the elevated unfold of ailments. We have to scale up our operations and collaborative efforts to curb this unfold, and the brand new funding will allow FAO to strengthen the native animal well being capability, present technical help on danger evaluation and illness surveillance, strengthen outbreak management, preparedness and response, by a ‘One Health’ method”. The final final result is the elevated contribution of animal well being techniques to native and international well being safety and efficient prevention of recent pandemics.

The renewed partnership will construct on the work that FAO has executed by way of its Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in Asia and Africa since 2005. ECTAD has been lively in additional than 30 nations and is increasing geographically inside the new contribution based mostly on strategic and epidemiologic rationale. The help to nations may even help them to leverage different investments in well being safety and agrifood techniques transformation, together with grants and loans from worldwide monetary establishments.

Bringing zoonotic ailments beneath management

The overwhelming majority of rising and endemic infectious zoonotic ailments are transboundary in nature. The FAO GHS programme envisages incorporating regional and epizonal views which is able to enable for coherent approaches in illness prevention and management, in addition to the extra environment friendly use of restricted sources in resource-constrained environments and leveraging company and Members’ sources.

The actions will deal with important management factors alongside the availability chain and on selling biosecurity, hygiene precautions and good and sustainable manufacturing practices at animal-animal and animal-human interfaces to cut back well being threats of animal origin, safeguard public well being, livelihoods and agrifood techniques.

To allow a stronger method for illness management, bilateral and multilateral technical exchanges and cross-border collaboration between goal nations must be additional supported and expanded with deal with danger assessments, risk-based surveillance, diagnostic and pathogen characterization on biosecurity and biosafety in addition to on prevention and danger discount together with vaccination and an infection prevention and rational use of anitimicrobials.

Partnership between USAID and FAO in animal well being

Over the final 16 years, the Government of the United States of America, by USAID, has offered $470 million to the FAO ECTAD to help the prevention, detection and response to animal and public well being emergencies.

Through this partnership, FAO has been capable of handle and coordinate the most important animal well being capability improvement programme on the earth, set up multidisciplinary and extremely expert groups of specialists to help essentially the most susceptible and fewer resourceful Members to enhance their capacities to help illness management programmes and contribute to eliminating poverty, enhancing meals security and safety, and defending international well being.