FAO trains African vets in livestock disease surveillance and control

At least 1 078 veterinary health professionals from 13 African countries are among the 4 700 trained by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture and Organisation (FAO) to strengthen the developing countries’ capacity to manage livestock disease outbreaks. In a statement, the FAO said with funding from the United States…

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Mobile phone app to monitor fall armyworm in Africa

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has developed a mobile phone application for use by smallholder farmers and agricultural extension officers to collect data to monitor and quantify the impact of fall armyworm (FAW) outbreaks. The FAO says the Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning Syste (FAMEWS) app…

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Southern Africa food outlook bleak – FAO

Southern Africa faces food deficits as a result of prolonged dry spells and fall armyworm, says the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). This comes as the Zambian agricultural think-tank the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) predicted the climatic and crop disease factors would negatively impact this year’s…

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FAO rallies governments and donors to eradicate PPR by 2030

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says the goal of eradicating Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) globally by 2030 can be achieved if governments and development agencies invest urgently in combating the spread of the disease. In an update on the status of the disease on 19 December,…

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