FAO Animal Production and Health Manuals # 8African swine fever (ASF) is a viral haemorrhagic disease of swine generally characterized by high morbidity and high mortality. The disease is known to have devastated swine farming in highly industrialized, small commercial and backyard swine holdings, with concomitant closure of animal and meat export markets, ravaged swine populations, and destroyed individual and family livelihoods. This
Series: FAO Agricultural Services BulletinsLivestock and aquaculture insurance have received less attention than crop insurance in risk management strategies being considered in recent years. This publication is intended as a contribution to redressing this imbalance. It briefly introduces the role of insurance as a risk management mechanism in livestock and aquaculture enterprises. It aims at setting the scene, and explores with the re
Series: FAO Animal Health ManualsAfrican swine fever (ASF) is a disease with a mortality rate close to 100 percent. There is no vaccine and no conventional treatment against the disease. To reduce the effects caused by ASF outbreaks, optimal response mechanisms against probable ASF emergency disease situations need to be planned and rehearsed so that the disease can be controlled and eradicated in the most rapid and cost-effective way.
Series: FAO Animal health manualsContagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) is a well-known scourge of cattle in Africa and elsewhere. On entering previously uninfected populations, it often causes an explosive epidemic with a high mortality. In endemic situations, the disease is known for its insidious spread and debilitating effects on production. The difficulties experienced in diagnosing and combating the disease make it all the more