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Monday, 15 March 2010

£13m plan to fight animal diseases

UK scientists have announced a £13 million plan to tackle livestock diseases such as foot and mouth disease, bluetongue and African Swine Fever in the developing world. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Scottish Government will fund 16 new projects across Africa and Asia in funding. More than 900 million people in the developing world live below the poverty line in rural areas. Just one animal can meet a whole family's needs, offering individuals a way out of poverty. But deadly and debilitating livestock diseases jeopardise this and lead to an increase in food prices.

Source: Research for Development