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Primary Animal Health-care in the context of disease prevention and scaling-up for small-scale farmer communities: Research, policy and delivery

11 May 2015
09:00 - 13:30


Dr Tembile Songabe, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Dr Rebone Moerane, University of Pretoria
Dr Misheck Mulumba, Dr David Wallace and Dr Arshad Mather, ARC
Prof. Vasu Reddy, Dr Sarah Chiumbu and Safiyya Goga, HSRC
Louise Holt, Canadian High Commission
Dr Simon Carter, IDRC
Prof William Beinart, Oxford University

Date:  Monday, 11 May   
: 09:00  – 13:30
Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

Animal health issues are a central concern within rural development initiatives and livestock keeping communities in South Africa. The important issue is the fact that knowledge of animal diseases (causation, understandings of the differences between practices aimed at treatment of a disease and its prevention, etc.) and animal health practices are generally poorly understood and unevenly practiced. Policy-oriented dialogue needs to link animal health practices to barriers, such as cost and lack of knowledge, that prevent access to medication and vaccines, leading to the lack of uptake of so-called ‘modern’ medicines. This has implications for vaccine implementation strategies.
This dialogue examines primary animal healthcare and its challenges in the context of small-scale livestock farming in South Africa, with a view to bring about further research and policy interventions in bridging the gap between technological developments and implementation of disease prevention programmes. The dialogue also explores a range of questions related to broader policy issues including, rural development, empowerment of small-scale farmers, in particular women, and the development of the livestock sector in the context of small-scale farming, and the role of these in fostering economic development, sustainable livelihoods and ultimately food security.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban

RSVP by 5 May
Cape Town: Carmen August (021) 466 7827,   12th Floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town
Durban: Ridhwaan Khan (031) 242 5400,   1st Floor, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor
Pretoria: Arlene Grossberg (012) 302 2811,  1st  Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria