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One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health for the ecosystem*. It is a cultural and behavioral concept with socioeconomic elements and impact.

*a biological community of living organisms (humans, animals, plants, and microbes) and their physical environment interacting as a system

Less Risk, More Value: Livestock Biosecurity in South Africa

OneHealthTexas A&M University team has been awarded $500,000 by the United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service to promote biosecurity with beef, swine, and poultry small-scale livestock farmers in South Africa. The project is titled “Less Risk, More Value: Enhancing Biosecurity Best Practices of Livestock Diseases in South Africa,” and its goal is to improve international trade market access. This agreement builds on recent funding that this team received for global training capacity in biorisk management.

This interdisciplinary international team includes faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), Texas A&M One Health Initiative, Institute of Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) and the Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, South Africa. Members of the lead team are:

Originally posted in the December 2016 Dean's Corner. View original article here.