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Summary of the regional Virtual Learning Center activities in Europe and Central Asia as of 1 January 2024

Regional VLC REU newsletter December 2023









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    Meat Market Review - Overview of global meat market developments in 2018
    mrt/19
    2019
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    Global meat output in 2018 is estimated at 336.4 million tonnes, up 1.2 percent from 2017, principally originated in the United States, the EU, and the Russian Federation, but partially offset by a decline in China and stagnation in Brazil, two of the world’s largest meat producers. Meat output volumes expanded in all major regions in the world, especially in Europe and North America. Productivity improvements, as countries introduced better management practices, more streamlined production systems and new technology, were largely behind the output expansion. Moreover, droughts in some parts of the world, including in the United States in the first half of the year, in the EU during the summer months, and Australia almost throughout the year, led to higher animal slaughter. Across the various meat sub-sectors, bovine meat output (refer to meat derived from ruminant mammals including cows, ox and buffalos) registered the highest expansion (+2.1 percent), followed by poultry meat (+1.3 percent), but remained stable for ovine meat (meat derived from sheep and goats) (+0.6 percent) and pigmeat (+0.6 percent). World meat exports in 2018 is estimated at 33.8 million tonnes, up 2.9 percent from 2017, principally driven by increased shipments from the United States, Australia, Argentina and the EU, but retreated in India, China and Brazil. China, the world’s largest meat importer, increased its purchases significantly, as consumer demand for meat continued to rise amid a contraction in pigmeat output, partly due to the onset of the African swine fever. Elsewhere, imports increased in the Republic of Korea, and Viet Nam, while the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and the United States have cut back on imports. Across meat categories, world meat exports expanded at faster rates for ovine (+9.4 percent) and bovine (+6.1 percent) than for pigmeat (+1.6 percent) and poultry (+1.0 percent). The annual average value of world meat prices in 2018, measured by the FAO Meat Price Index, was 2.2 percent lower than in 2017, reflecting the declines in prices of pig (-8.1 percent) and poultry (-4.8 percent) meats and stability of bovine meat prices (+0.2 percent). Ovine meat prices increased by as much as 17 percent, but did not affect the average index value significantly because of its low weightage in the index. The spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF) and associated import restrictions weighed on international pigmeat price quotations while generally sluggish poultry import demand caused its prices to weaken. Abundant export supplies and robust demand from across the world characterized the global bovine market, keeping its prices stable. Price strength of ovine meat during the whole year was a result of strong import demand, combined with limited supplies from Oceania.
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    Global control of African swine fever. A GF-TADs initiative
    2021 Annual report
    2022
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    The second annual report of the Global Control of African swine fever a Global Framework for Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) initiative for 2020-2025 includes outline of the initiative; FAO and OIE activities to achieve the objectives of Global Initiative e.g. fostering public-private partnership in support of the implementation of the initiative, activities of the GF-TADs regional standing groups of experts on ASF in Europe, Asia & Pacific and Americas, on-line learning course on ASF emergency preparedness, emergency response to ASF introduction to the Caribbean region, joint awareness and communication campaign, technical assistance to and capacity development of veterinary services and pig value chain stakeholders, illustrated with several examples of disease control at national level, regional and global levels in 2021 and future directions of global control of ASF.
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    FAO Virtual Learning Centers
    Building capacity for effective online learning tailored to regional needs
    2022
    The FAO Virtual Learning Centers (VLCs) are virtual hubs established to develop and improve One Health capacities in all FAO regions. Their mission is to provide trainees with access to inclusive, engaging and high-quality training using a variety of methodologies. The VLCs’ training courses target country actors in the areas related to FAO’s One Health mandate, including government officials and technical staff, programme and project coordinators, practitioners and professionals working in the field, such as veterinarians, animal health workers, experts in forestry, wildlife, aquaculture and fisheries, in addition to public health experts. The VLCs follow a decentralized model that empowers FAO regions to develop and deliver courses that closely consider regional needs and context. This model also makes it possible to scale up the delivery of courses and share resources and good practices between VLCs. This brochure outlines the VLCs and the activities of the six regional VLCs.

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