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An update on the FAO initiatives since May this year. More information can be found following the links below.
- FAO organized a Regional Workshop on African Swine Fever (ASF) Management in Wild Boar in Belgrade, Serbia, on 21-23 May. The workshop, funded by the Czech Republic, brought together experts from affected countries along with country experts (vet agencies, forestry services, hunting associations and wild boar specialist) from the Balkans to discuss and share practical knowledge about how to apply surveillance, prevention and control measures in wild boar populations in the Balkans. Presentations and agenda can be downloaded from here.
- FAO organized a National African Swine Fever (ASF) workshop on wild boar and hunting biosecurity. The primary objective of the workshop was to understand and give recommendations to Serbia on their national control strategy to prevent, early detect, conduct surveillance and, if cases are found, how to control ASF in wild boar. A practical day in a hunting ground was organized to demonstrate hunting biosecurity and ASF-related procedures.
- The Regional Symposium of the Veterinary Diagnostics Directorate of Hungary (for the 90th anniversary of the institution) had the first day dedicated to African swine fever. FAO had the chance to present on activities we have conducted in the region, and countries in the region (both affected and at-risk) presented their experiences with the disease. Presentations can be downloaded from the link above.
- A Technical Cooperation Project facility (TCPf) has just been approved for ASF preparedness in Kosovo
- The International Symposium on Prevention and Control of African Swine Fever was jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) of China, FAO and OIE on 9 April in Beijing, China. The meeting was organized in four main sessions: 1) Global Strategies and Biosecurity for the Prevention and Control of ASF; 2) Eradication and Zoning Measures of ASF; 3) Status and Measures of ASF Prevention and Control; 4) R&D and Progress of Diagnostic Technologies and Vaccines for ASF.
- A FAO Technical Cooperation Programme project “African Swine Fever Emergency Preparedness and Response in East and Southeast Asia” (TCP/RAS/3704) started on 23 April 2019.
- A FAO EMC Response Mission took place in Cambodia between 27 and 31 May 2019.
- A FAO EMC Alert Mission is planned in Lao PDR between 2 and 7 June 2019.
- Additional information on the First Meeting of the Standing Group of Experts on African Swine Fever (SGE-ASF) in Beijing.
- FAO is putting together for several months now a Weekly Update on the ASF situation in Asia. You can access the latest, but also all previously archived updates with the epidemiological situation and main actions in China, Mongolia, Viet Nam, DPRK and Cambodia.
- African swine fever is already affecting the global food markets. According to FAO’s 2019 Food Outlook Biannual Report on Global Food Market, one of the highlights is that “the world meat output is forecast to decline due to a fall in pig meat output, primarily in China…”. Also “soybean output is forecast to come to a halt in 2018/19 – largely due to a decline in China’s soymeal uptake”. And “Feed use of maize in China has slowed considerably”. However, as stated in page 65 “Challenges for some, opportunities for others?”.
- FAO has produced a number of animations on the spread of ASF over time: