Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-border Livestock Health and Value Chains Improvement Project (TA 9971-REG)

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FCG is preparing the project consisting of three project outputs:

Output 1: Livestock health and value chain infrastructure expanded and upgraded in a climate-friendly manner.

The output will establish disease control zones (DCZs) comprising feedlots, quarantine facilities, laboratories, and health inspection and vaccination facilities in priority border areas. It will address infrastructure gaps in livestock health systems and supply of livestock and livestock products by developing (i) breeding facilities, including biodigesters; (ii) slaughtering, processing and cold storage facilities; and (iii) market infrastructure, which are gender-responsive and integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. The project will finance remodeling and improvement of laboratories and other zoonotic disease and AMR control facilities for improved biosecurity. Priority border areas include those between Yunnan province, PRC and Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand, and borders between Cambodia and Viet Nam. DCZs will be extended to trade routes between Cambodia and Thailand, Lao PDR and Viet Nam, and Myanmar and Thailand. Targeted investments in shared sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) facilities may be considered during feasibility assessments. Operations and maintenance (O&M) plans for infrastructure investments will be developed.


Output 2: Capacity for improved production and health of livestock and livestock products strengthened.

This output will strengthen capacities of government staff and other stakeholders in areas, such as (i) animal health services and extension; (ii) disease risk analysis and risk  communication, (iii) field epidemiology, early detection and hazard monitoring; (iv) laboratory business plans, protocols and accreditation; (v) TAD, food safety and AMR risk management; (vi) emergency preparedness and responses; (vii) livestock and livestock product traceability systems; (viii) livestock and meat inspection; (ix) operation of feedlots and quarantine facilities; and (x) cold chain management. A gender-responsive information technology-based platform for preventing livestock epidemics and an e-traceability system will be piloted. Government staff will receive training on (i) hazard analysis and critical control points, (ii) good manufacturing practices towards certification for ISO 22000 or equivalent; (iii) certification of livestock service providers, and (iv) integration of etraceability systems in disease risk communication and management systems harmonized with ASEAN standards.

Output 3: Enabling policies for better supply, health, safety and trade in livestock and livestock products enhanced.

This output will provide gender-responsive policy support for (i) effectively integrating smallholders in livestock value chains and promoting women’s roles in livestock production and value addition; (ii) recognizing equivalence and harmonization of quality and safety systems to support the formalization of trade in livestock and livestock products; (iii) incentivizing the use of e-traceability systems; and (iv) mobilizing the private sector investment into DCZs, feedlots, and processing facilities, including those related to COVID-19 responses.

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