This week’s theme for the Farm CEO newspaper is Biosecurity.
1. On-farm biosecurity as perceived by professionals visiting Swedish farms
On-farm biosecurity is an important part of disease prevention and control, this applies to live animal contacts as well as indirect contacts e.g. via professionals visiting farms in their work.
The objectives of this study were to investigate how professionals visiting animal farms in Sweden in their daily work perceive the on-farm conditions for biosecurity, the factors that influence their own biosecurity routines and what they describe as obstacles for biosecurity.
2. Protecting produce: Ten African countries get biosecurity investment | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian
The Australian International Food Security Research Centre recently announced the launch of a two-year, $800,000 initiative for sub-Saharan Africa. The project aims to help 10 countries become better equipped to combat plant biosecurity threats.
So, what is biosecurity?
Biosecurity broadly refers to ways of preventing or mitigating the threat of pests and diseases affecting animals, plants and humans. It can include food safety hazards, animal diseases and plant pests.
3. Australia and Africa to work together on plant biosecurity
29 October 2014
A cadre of ‘change champions’ are to be trained to improve plant biosecurity in ten east and southern African countries.
Plant biosecurity specialists in national plant protection organisations, and in trade and private sector organisations have identified plant biosecurity training needs for ten African countries. Matched training in Australia will follow, with the resulting ‘biosecurity change champions’ working to improve regional biosecurity to impact farmer incomes, food security and safe regional trade of agricultural products.
The Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership held a workshop on 27-28 October in Nairobi that has pinpointed key areas where Australian expertise can strengthen African biosecurity. East and southern African countries that are included at this stage are Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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