The ITP “Healthy livestock – safe food” aims to reduce poverty of small holder farmers in East Africa through improved animal health and reduced antimicrobial resistance, with a focus on organisations in the livestock sector from farm to fork.
The overall objective of the programme is to reduce poverty and vulnerability among smallholder farmers. More specifically, the programme addresses how improved health in food producing animals may impact sustainable production of animal derived products, and how this interrelates to reduced usage of antimicrobials as well as safer food products, free from zoonotic pathogens and antimicrobial residues.
The programme is a part of the Swedish International Development Agency’s (Sida) work with capacity and institutional development for low-and middle-income countries in priority areas.
The ITP programme Healthy livestock – safe food is planned and implemented by several Swedish governmental authorities in cooperation: the National Veterinary Institute, the Swedish Board of Agriculture, The National Food Agency and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Partner countries are Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.