Workshop on enhancing safe inter-regional livestock trade gets underway in Dubai

Jeffrey Mariner presenting at EST Workshop

Dr Jeffrey Mariner of ILRI gives an overview of the Rift Valley fever decision support tool at the 'Enhancing safe inter-regional livestock trade' workshop. The tool is a risk-based framework to guide decision-making during prevention and control of Rift Valley fever in the Greater Horn of Africa.

Chief veterinary officers, exporters and importers of livestock, quarantine operators and livestock traders from countries in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East are meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates this week (13-16 June 2011) for a workshop on enhancing safe inter-regional livestock trade.

In line with the overall goal of enhancing safety and stability in livestock trade between exporting countries in the Horn of Africa and importing countries in the Middle East, the meeting will:

  • outline the use of a decision support tool for the prevention and control of Rift Valley fever;
  • assemble approaches towards harmonized control of other trade-related transboundary animal diseases
  • define a way forward towards appropriate control of animal diseases
  • discuss animal welfare issues along the export-import livestock value chain; and
  • define mechanisms for better communication among partners along the value chain

Below are some related links to media coverage of this workshop:

Officials from Middle East and East Africa meet to tackle Rift Valley fever (New Agriculturist)

Amid soaring meat costs, officials from East Africa and Middle East seek plan to keep animal diseases from disrupting livestock trade (ILRI News blog)