- Published 19/06/07
(French version / en français)
Cooperation, innovation and diversification are the keys to a bright future for the red meat industry in southern Africa. This was the message emerging from a workshop “Transboundary animal diseases and market access: the future of beef marketing in southern Africa” that was held in Pretoria, South Africa from 7 – 8 April 2008.
The workshop was organised by the Institute for Development Studies of the University of Sussex (IDS) and was supported by the Wellcome Trust and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It was the culmination of a project that explored ways to overcome the impact of endemic foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) on market access for red meat in four SADC countries (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe).
The workshop was attended by a wide spectrum of delegates representing the European Commission, the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Livestock Research Institute, the regional economic commissions for eastern and southern Africa (COMESA and SADC), Animal Health for the Environment and Development (AHEAD), the national veterinary services of the four project countries, as well as Swaziland and the UK, the wholesale meat industry, NGOs and producer organisations.
This is one of a series of briefings on our Veterinary Science project.