Over the years, FAO, has been involved in efforts to mobilize and coordinate activities aimed at increasing the control of animal disease burdens in Africa within the context of sustainable agriculture and rural development (SARD). In particular, the aim has been to develop and promote strategies for poor livestock keepers and smallholders. In this commitment to implement responsible and sustainable, improved animal health interventions, several sub-Saharan countries have initiated actions aimed at improving animal health services, including the availability, accessibility, affordablility and quality of veterinary medicines.
In January 2013, FAO and GALVmed signed an MoU to improve cooperation and the coordination of activities in respect of the value chain from research through to delivery of those products and services. The MoU will enable, amongst other things, the FAO and GALVmed to explore synergies around capacity building and in addressing technical gaps, with a view to improving efficiency and cost effectiveness of products and services.