U.S. Department of Agriculture Funds Workshop in Malawi

Participants from Malawi veterinary services analyze information on types of animals kept by farmers in Chitsime.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) funded a workshop August 24-29 in Lilongwe, Malawi on Participatory Surveillance in Animal Health facilitated by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and hosted by the African Union-Centre for Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases (AU-CTTBD). The participants were veterinary officials from six Southern African countries including Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, and Malawi. This capacity building activity was undertaken to strengthen veterinary services in the region. The objective was for veterinarians in Southern Africa to be able to better detect disease by conducting risk based surveillance in areas where disease my go unnoticed with serious consequences for rural economies. This has a direct impact on food security and local trade that fosters economic growth at the farm level. USDA’s regional APHIS office is based at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa.

Farmers use beans to provide proportional indication for various types of information about their animals.