The programme is designed to suit the participating countries needs in the animal health sector, and to contribute to poverty reduction by promoting a sustainable livestock production with a smallholder focus. Thus, the programme relates to several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially: No poverty, Zero hunger, Good health and well-being but also Gender equality, Clean water and sanitation, Climate action, Life below water, Life on land, and Partnership for the goals.
The main objectives of the programme are:
- improved animal health,
- reduced number of zoonotic infections in humans,
- decreased development of antimicrobial resistance,
- reduced presence of antibiotic residuals in food.
After completing the programme, the participants should have increased knowledge about:
- The importance of preventive measures for improved animal health, animal welfare and reduced antimicrobial use.
- Surveillance and control of endemic, epizootic and zoonotic diseases, including food-borne zoonoses.
- The benefits of applying a synergistic approach for increasing food safety in the value chain from stable to table, and how their organisation in collaboration with other actors can use this approach.
The establishment of informal and formal networks between participants on national and regional level is a very important output of the programme that enhances cooperation and serve to achieve the overall objectives.
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As a part of Sida’s work with capacity and institutional development Sida offers international training programmes (ITP) for participants from low-and middle-income countries in priority areas. The ITP methodology takes account of the desire to develop and reform that the participants’ organisations have expressed in their application to the program.
The programmes cover areas of strategic importance to the social, environmental, and economic development of co-operating countries and are based on identified priorities and needs. In the long-term perspective, the programmes shall contribute to institutional strengthening and capacity development in the co-operating countries.