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ADB-Funded Project: SAARC Food Security through Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (August 2015-July 2017)
"Global experience shows that combating transboundary animal diseases (TADs) require regional initiatives rather than independent actions by each country. No single country will be able to control highly impact TADs effectively through isolated efforts... TADs have threatened food security in the region through reducing the quantity and quality of food, serious loss of animal protein, and loss of draught animal power for cropping."

Building on existing activities within the SAARC region previously funded by the European Union (EU) through FAO to support Regional Cooperation Programme on Highly Pathogenic Emerging Diseases (EU-HPEDs), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to fund a new two-year project entitled "Regional Capacity Development Technical for Regional Cooperation on Food Security through Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases in South Asia", aiming at fostering regional cooperation among SAARC member countries, improving food security in the region, and facilitating regional and international trade in livestock and livestock products. It will focus on innovative and new knowledge and/or approaches under the umbrella of the FAO/OIE Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs).


Under the overall guidance and support of the ADB and FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), this project will be implemented through the Regional Support Unit for SAARC (RSU-SAARC) based in Kathmandu, Nepal, together with the SAARC Secretariat and SAARC Member States.


The project will primarily focus on three SAARC priority diseases (FMD, PPR, and HPAI) that limit trade in livestock and its products. The project will adopt One Health principles to ensure a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to engage all stakeholders from animal, human and environment sectors in combating animal disease threats.

Expected project outputs are:
  • Established framework for improved regional cooperation among the SAARC Member States in combating transboundary animal diseases.
  • Operational regional structures in the fight against transboundary animal diseases.
  • Expanded regional and national animal health information and surveillance systems.
  • Improved institutional capacity of public and private sector animal health management agencies.

SAARC is home to almost 40% of world’s livestock population and a great proportion of that is being held by small and marginal farmers. Food security and livelihood are also human security therefore cannot be delinked. Good investment in good scientific discovery will promote the sustainability of livelihoods in the landmass that harbors one fourth of the entire world’s humanity.
-Mr M J H Jabed, Director, Agriculture and Rural Development, SAARC Secretariat

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