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Initiating a Training Network and Capacity Building to Improve Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Kenya and Ethiopia.


Livestock production contributes significantly to the national agricultural GDP of Kenya and Ethiopia, but is under constant threat of diseases, poor genetic potential and husbandry. Among the diseases, Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) causes an enormous economic loss. In Kenya, the annual loss due to FMD is estimated at US$13.75 million.In Ethiopia a revenue loss of US$14.3 million in 2007 and US$ 23.3 million in 2008 were recorded only from FMD trade restriction.The first focus area of the project will be to capacitate the partner institutions as well as other stakeholders, e.g. farmers and veterinarians, in education on FMD prevention and/or control. The second focus area of the project will be leveraging the labs through local production of reagents, geographical information systems and equipment. This will be done by training local technicians, hence, realizing an independent, sustainable education and research culture. The upgraded laboratory facilities will be used for training of personnel and provide tools, both aiding to support better the disease control strategy designed by the two countries.

Intervention type



01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Jan Paeshuyse
Local promoter Joseph Kamau
Local partner institution KU Leuven
visit www.kuleuven.be
Local partner institution University of Nairobi
visit https://uonbi.ac.ke/
Other Flemish Partners Sciensano
Other local partners Addis Ababa University
visit http://www.aau.edu.et
Institute of Primate Research
Budget € 134.798