Updated May 17, 2019

Training approach to strengthen detection of public and private good animal diseases

Part of University of Georgia

This innovation is a training approach that works to strengthen the capacity of livestock keepers to detect and report public and private good livestock diseases.


Corrie Brown

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

This innovation was piloted and adjusted from October 2016-April 2018. Since then, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has uptaken the innovation and will disseminate it to reach other woredas and locations across Ethiopia.

Focus Areas:

Livestock & Agriculture and Methods & Learning

Livestock & Agriculture and Methods & LearningSEE LESS

Implemented In:


EthiopiaSEE LESS

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Disease surveillance systems in low and middle income countries are often not well developed. Because of poor reporting, control of disease outbreaks is very low leading to potential high loss of livestock and reduction in their productivity.



Training of smallholder farmers and public and private veterinarians on identification and reporting public and private good livestock diseases is important in mitigating disease outbreaks and production and productivity losses.

Target Beneficiaries

Livestock owners and veterinarian (private and public); regional and national animal health organizations

Mission and Vision

Through having those people closest to the animals, i.e., the farmers, aware of diseases that need to be reported, the governments can more effectively mitigate spread, improve animal health, and decrease economic damages.

Innovation Description

The effective detection and reporting of livestock diseases is critical for improving livestock production and food safety. This innovation trains livestock keepers in the recognition and reporting public and private good livestock diseases allowing for more targeted response to potential disease outbreaks by the veterinary services. This contributes to a more effective use of limited resources available for disease surveillance in low and middle income countries ultimately improving the health of livestock populations.

Competitive Advantage

Community involvement in disease reporting will help prevent and control public and private good livestock diseases better.

Planned Goals and Milestones

This innovation was implemented in one region of Ethiopia only. The United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) found the training to be useful and has now expanded it to all regions of the country.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Corrie Brown of the University of Georgia and Karyn Havas from Cornell University, teamed up with faculty from Mekelle University and the Regional Tigray Veterinary Authority to implement this program. Key Ethiopian partners included Dr. Etsay Kebede, Dr. Netsanet Berhe, Dr. Abrha Bisrat, and Dr. Abrha Gebremedhin. This research was supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems.



Jan 2018
Mar 2017
Date Unknown
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
TITLEThe Effect of Passive Surveillance Training on Animal Health Parameters, Northern Ethiopia
Livestock & Agriculture
Implemented InEthiopia
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In

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