DAHD and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sign MoU to improve livestock sector


The Department of Livestock and Dairy Production (DAHD), the Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have signed a multi-year memorandum of understanding to work together for the sustainable improvement of India’s dairy industry. animal husbandry in order to support the country’s food and nutritional security and to protect the economic well-being of small-scale pastoralists. The event was organized as part of the ongoing celebrations of “AzadiKaAmritMahotsav”, a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence at Krishi Bhavan New Delhi.

The Government of India’s Livestock and Dairy Department works to improve animal health and production programs to ensure food security and economic development. 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. 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.

COVID-19 has accelerated the need to implement solutions for better human, animal and environmental health. The implementation of the One Health framework will allow monitoring and resolution of animal and human health problems 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.

Speaking about the collaboration, Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Production of the Government of India, said: This partnership with the Gates Foundation will provide technical assistance to the Department to ensure growth and sustainable prosperity of the Indian livestock sector and to promote an effective and multisectoral One Health approach to critical animal health issues among a wide range of stakeholders. a health initiative for future reach.

Dr K Vijayaraghavan, Senior Scientific Advisor, Government of India, stressed the importance of collaboration and reaffirmed that the expected results would greatly contribute to sustainably improve the livestock sector, thus leading to economic development.

Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary of the Department of Livestock and Dairy Production, Government of India, added: “Strengthening the livestock sector is one of the prerequisites for the effective implementation of One Health. This collaboration will strengthen our digital infrastructure, our research and development capacities and the lack of information on animal-human interactions between public and private actors ”.

Addressing the panel at the signing of the MoU, Mr. Hari Menon, India Country Office Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said: “The Gates Foundation is honored to deepen our partnership. with DAHD, with the aim of contributing to the national objectives of the Government of India. for the sustainable development and improvement of the livestock sector. This partnership builds on our goal of improving the productivity and incomes of smallholder livestock keepers and we hope to bring context-relevant global and national expertise, innovations and best practices through partners to support DAHD’s priorities of nutrition security, inclusive economic empowerment while aligning with the Indian One Health framework ”.

The event saw the participation of various stakeholders from the Government of India, international organizations such as WHO, FAO, OIE and the World Bank, as well as researchers, academics, officials of national livestock, key personnel from health and wildlife departments, subject matter experts and others to discuss collaborative activities to implement the One Health initiative in India.

(With inputs from GDP)


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