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Namibia: Building agricultural resilience to animal pests and diseases

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This case study focuses on the Republic of Namibia’s ex ante approach to preventing, controlling, and managing animal pest and disease outbreaks, which are often exacerbated by climate-related disasters, such as floods and droughts. It explores the good practices implemented by Namibia to reduce disaster risks, including:

  • controlling livestock movement through a zoning strategy and movement permits;
  • conducting import risk assessments;
  • disease monitoring and surveillance;
  • an animal identification and traceability system;
  • undertaking annual vaccinations; and
  • contingency plans.

The implementation of these measures will:

  • enable Namibia to more effectively prevent, control and manage animal disease outbreaks so that food security, incomes and livelihoods are secured;
  • ensure that Namibia’s meat is disease free and meets safety standards in export markets; and
  • protect public health by preventing the transmission of zoonotic diseases between wildlife and livestock, and then to humans.