Project Case Study
Advising on mechanisms to control Foot and Mouth Disease in ASEAN
Designing a project to reduce the incidence of Foot and Mouth disease in the ASEAN region.
Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease affecting cloven-hoofed animals. It causes serious livestock production losses and is a major constraint to international trade in livestock products, as well as the livelihoods of livestock farmers in many parts of the world. Historical data on outbreaks of FMD indicates that the spread of the disease often follows cross-border supply chains. Controlling the disease has therefore become a key concern for inter-governmental groups such as ASEAN.
We were asked by the Government of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to mobilise an international expert in support of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) over a six month period across 2014/15.
Our adviser assisted OIE to design a project in the ASEAN region to control or eradicate FMD and improve farmers’ livelihoods.
It was our responsibility to test the technical, operational and economic feasibility of the design. We ensured alignment with local development needs and demand by undertaking a targeted engagement, primarily in Myanmar/ Burma and Lao PDR, with key stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors as well as rural communities. We also undertook an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and advised on specific geographical areas for implementation.
This project is on-going and we continue to bring our experience in the ASEAN region to bear to ensure the design can achieve the greatest possible impact.