Strengthening partnerships in the fight against Foot and Mouth Disease with the FAO and OIE Animal Health

Strengthening partnerships in the fight against Foot and Mouth Disease with the FAO and OIE Animal Health

On the 3rd of July 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries hosted meetings for the review of progress made against the Foot and Mouth Disease in East Africa.

The meetings were also aimed at exploring more strategies with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), OIE Animal Health and Development Partners including the Government of Italy that was represented by the H.E Domenico Fornara the Ambassador of Italy to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

The meetings were convened in collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health whose team shared the experiences captured by the online portal for Foot and Mouth Disease information. 

Above: Hon. Vincent Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (Left) at the official kick-off of the review with H.E Domenico Fornara the Ambassador of Italy to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

In a bid to strengthen the country’s capacity to control the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), the Government of Uganda adopted the Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) instrument, developed an FMD risk-based strategy, conducted socio-economic studies, carried out value and market chains analysis and identified FMD control buffer zones that are being established.

The meetings were attended by officials from Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, DR Congo, Comoros, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda.