|Type of Project||Development and innovation oriented (research) project|
|Type of Project||Institutional capacity building project|
|Keyword||animal disease surveillance; livestock breeding; livestock feeding|
|Budget||2 675 514|
|Main Funder||Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)|
|Co Funder||French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)|
|Co Funder||Italian health authority and research organization for animal health and food safety (IZSVe)|
|Coordinator||Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)|
|Project Web Site||http://www.lidiski.org/|
LIDISKI : Livestock Disease Surveillance Knowledge Integration
Objectives of the project
LIDISKI aims at improving the livelihood of smallholder farmers in the North of Nigeria. LIDISKI will contribute to the reduction of small ruminants and poultry mortality by improving the surveillance and the control of Peste des petits ruminants(PPR) and Newcastle Disease (ND), the two main diseases affecting the livestock of smallholder farmers in Nigeria.
Many Nigerian households are heavily reliant on livestock, which are a source of both animal protein and income. Supporting the smallholder sector thus serves to boost food security, improve quality of life, notably for the country's smallholders, and empower women, who are major players in the poultry and small ruminant value chains in particular. In this context, livestock diseases are a major issue. They are the biggest economic threat to the livelihoods of poor rural farmers and livestock owners. It is estimated that PPR causes between $1.4 and $2.1 billion in damage in Nigeria each year, while the highly virulent ND virus can wipe out entire flocks of chickens. Therefore, mitigating those two diseases will have a positive impact on smallholder farmers livelihood. Mitigation requires efficient surveillance and control systems. Nevertheless, these systems are not currently fully operational in Nigeria. The identified existing gaps to improve the surveillance and control systems are in understanding of the local socio-economical and epidemiological context, in human and material capacities regarding vaccine production and delivery and in engaging field actors such as farmers, local veterinary services and animal health workers in vaccination and disease reporting.
The project is structured in four main activities.
- Conducting socio-economic and epidemiological surveys and modelling to increase scientific knowledge and adapt actions to the local contexts. These surveys will focus on the distribution and impact of PPR and Newcastle disease in term of incomes, food security, gender based workload allocation. The impact of climatic events on small holders breeding activities will be analyzed.
- Training local actors to strengthen their capacities to recognize the symptoms of PPRand Newcastle disease and to collect and store the necessary samples and data. Training national veterinary staff to increase the production of quality vaccines and to improve their distribution.
- Involving stakeholders in the field in vaccination and disease notification, through communication and awareness campaigns Workshops will be held using participatory epidemiology and role playing games. Radio broadcasts will disseminate surveillance and control good practices in local languages.
- Designing and providing a toolkit to intensify surveillance and monitoring efforts across the country. The toolkit will encompass a data base continuously feed by the project activities, modelling and analysing tools to monitor the epidemiological situation and design surveillance and control strategies, and guidelines to support decision making at the national and federal level.