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Friday, May 30, 2008

ILRI presents at OIE 76th Annual General Session

Dr Jeffrey Mariner presenting the ‘Technical Item’ at this year's Annual General Session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris held on 25-30 May 2008. Dr Mariner leads the team on animal health and food safety for trade, under ILRI's Markets research theme.

The presentation was titled ‘The role of small farmers in animal health’ and authored by Delia Grace, Christine Jost, G. MacGregor Skinner and Jeffrey Mariner. This OIE-commissioned survey of all member country veterinary services led to the drafting of resolution by a working group which was passed by the General Session on 30 May 2008.

The resolution recommends that ‘the OIE review international standards, definitions and guidelines to identify opportunities to encourage small farmer participation, under the supervision of Veterinary Services, and enhance equity and efficiency in animal health and trade’ among other things.

Congratulations on this outcome to Jeff and team!

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