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

  • Christopher Kinyanjui Kariuki (Organiser)
  • Jan Paeshuhyse (Organiser)
  • Joseph M Kamau (Organiser)
  • Fanos Tadesse Woldemariyam (Organiser)

Activity: OtherResearch and Teaching at External Organisation


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 problems. There are several diseases of different aetiology, among which Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is causing enormous economic loss. In Kenya the annual loss is estimated to US$13.75 billion (Knight and Rushton, 2013). In Ethiopia a revenue loss of 14.3 million US$ in 2007 and 23.3 million US$ in 2008 were recorded only from trade restriction without unrecognized production loss. The aim of this project is to capacitate the partner institutions, both in education and research on disease 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 locally. The resulting upgraded laboratory facilities will be used for better training of personnel and provide tools both aiding to support better the disease control strategy designed by the two countries.
Period1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021
Held atVLIR - UOS, Belgium
Degree of RecognitionInternational