"Development will bring food security only if it is people centred, if it is environmentally sound, if it is participatory, and if it builds local and national capacity for self-reliance. These are the basic characteristics of sustainable human development."

- James Gustave Speltz

To celebrate World Food Day, FCG is pleased to introduce our newly begun project in Southeast Asia - the Cross-border Livestock Health and Value Chains Improvement Project

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Events in 2020 have shown the fragility of global food supply chains. Images of empty supermarket shelves are a reminder that disease can affect people’s access to food. And it doesn’t have to be human diseases that interrupt food supply chains – animal diseases can also have major impacts.

When farm animals get sick, it affects food supply chains and can have a disastrous effect on the livelihoods of farmers and others who depend on these animals for their livelihoods. Avoiding outbreaks of animal diseases requires careful planning, good infrastructure, and strong systems.

In Myanmar, Lao PDR, and Cambodia, FCG is working with Asian Development Bank to prepare the Cross-border Livestock Health and Value Chains Improvement Project. This project aims to improve the farm animal health situation in the region, thereby protecting the livelihoods of vulnerable communities and strengthening food security in the region.

Food Safety and Improvement of Livestock Health & Value Chains

To ensure people’s wellbeing, food needs to be safe, sufficient, and sustainable. The best way to achieve this is by following an integrated, multidisciplinary approach that considers the entire supply chain. The project FCG is preparing focuses on enhancing the regional approach to animal health and value chains. FCG is responsible for conducting detailed due diligence and preparing technical project documents – including assessing project feasibility and safeguarding the work.

Sustainable and safe food systems need to provide affordable and healthy diets for everyone while also preserving natural resources and facing the challenge of climate change. In order to achieve this, farmers need greater access to finance, training, innovation, and technology to improve their livelihoods. This includes recognizing and responding to the global nature of food supply and understanding the associated risks. FCG’s work in Southeast Asia will address these issues at a regional level, supporting food security and people’s livelihoods.

Supporting the Global Fight Against Pandemics

The costs associated with food security and transboundary animal diseases are high, and the current global pandemic is a reminder of the need to protect both people and animals from food-borne and animal-borne diseases. Strengthening systems and infrastructure across borders in Southeast Asia is a vital step in responding to the threats represented by such diseases, and this is what the Cross-border Livestock Health and Value Chains Improvement Project aims to do. In particular, the project aims to create and institutionalize processes – improving production and health of livestock, strengthening food safety, and managing transboundary animal diseases.

This project is critical for ensuring continued development in South East Asia and for supporting food security in the region and the wider world.