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Livestock Systems

Village-based biosecurity for livestock disease risk management in Cambodia

Project Code: AH/2011/014
Budget:
A$899,999
Research Program Manager: Dr. Anna Okello
Project Leader: Russell Bush - University of Sydney
Duration:
JUN 2015
DEC 2018
Project Status: Concluded
Key partners
Department of Animal Health and Production
Ministry of Agriculture
Forestry and Fisheries

Overview

This project aimed to develop and test a village-level biosecurity system in Cambodia to improve livestock productivity.

Livestock could provide a sustainable income for rural smallholder households and reduce poverty and food insecurity in Cambodia. Growing regional demand for animal protein and a decreasing national large ruminant population has increased cattle prices. Production-limiting constraints must be addressed if enhanced livestock productivity is to provide improved rural livelihoods. This requires interventions in animal health, biosecurity, nutrition, reproduction and marketing at the village level.

This project developed forage plot to engage farmers, develop disease risk management strategies, and test them for cattle, buffalo, pigs and poultry which are economically and socially important and vulnerable to disease.