The Department of Livestock and Dairy Production (DAHD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the livestock sector in India.
The Department and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have signed “a multi-year memorandum of understanding to work together for the sustainable improvement of India’s livestock sector to support the country’s food and nutrition security and protect well-being. economy of small breeders “. The department is working to improve animal health and production programs to ensure food security and economic development, according to an official statement.
The development of the livestock sector envisages the strengthening of livestock infrastructure, the development of entrepreneurship and the implementation of the One Health framework. To meet the challenges of food and nutritional security and preserve human health, it is essential that animal health is a priority, ” the statement said.
Through this collaboration, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide technical assistance for the design and delivery of new technologies and the implementation of relevant best practices in the local context.
Joint support programs will aim to improve animal health, production and nutrition of livestock, identify scientific and technological solutions for major infectious diseases, provide technical assistance in translational sciences, identify opportunities for scientific collaboration and technology and implement the One Health framework.
The ministry said the implementation of the “single framework for health” will allow monitoring and resolution of animal and human health issues and prevent possible outbreaks of infection and disease.
The national One Health platform will be established as part of this partnership to improve coordination, productivity and support the livelihoods of smallholder producers. Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Production, said the Center is committed to monitoring and dramatically improving animal health and production in the country.
âThis partnership with the Gates Foundation will provide technical assistance to the department to ensure the sustainable growth and prosperity of the Indian livestock sector and to promote an effective and multi-sectoral One Health approach to critical animal health issues among a wide range of people. stakeholders, ‘he added.
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