The African Union’s Animal Health Strategy for Africa (AHSA) and SPS Policy Framework provides mechanisms to build sustainable animal health systems aligned with international standards to facilitate safe trade in animal products. As the strategy continues to be implemented, the University of Missouri, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and UMAP-Ghana are lending support to African Union, the Regional Economic Communities, and member states to improve understanding and uniform application and implementation of science-based standards among animal health actors in the region in accordance with International Standard-Setting Bodies. Assisting with the implementation of AHSA will lead to improved capacity to anticipate and mitigate the negative impacts of animal diseases, zoonosis, and climate change for healthy and productive animal populations and increased trade for African animals and animal products.
Project Collaborators: ILRI
- Provide technical assistance as needed to implement the AHSA and to support RECs and MS in the implementation of animal health system measures aligned to the AfCFTA SPS Annex 7.
- Collaborate with AU-IBAR, RECs and MS to improve outcomes on priority animal health issues.
- Build technical capacity by developing and administering workshops; virtual meetings; technical assistance; online tools; and other platforms to familiarize African regulators with U.S. and international animal health regulations and procedures.