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Higher value addition through hides and skins











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    World Statistical Compendium for Raw Hides and Skins, Leather and Leather Footwear 1999-2015 2016
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    At its 54th Session, the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP) requested the Intergovernmental Group on Meat to consider including hides and skins in its mandate, following which the Intergovernmental Group recommended the establishment of the Sub-Group on Hides and Skins in February 1985 and the CCP endorsed this proposal at its 55th Session in October 1985. In order to be able to service ad-hoc meetings and to facilitate discussions of hides and skins problems in the CCP, FAO began to improve its statistical base and to analyze world market developments for hides and skins in the late sixties. This had led to the development of the only existing worldwide data base which relates the various processing stages to each other and permits inter-country comparisons on a global level. Numerous analytical and problem-oriented papers have also been prepared and to the degree feasible policy conclusions have been drawn. Finally, FAO has provided technical assistance in the field of hides, sk ins and leather for some four decades. It has played an important role in hides and skins preservation and improvement programmes in a large number of developing countries.
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    Global compendium on conversion factors for raw hides and skins and leather 1992
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    One of the requests made by the Second Session of the Sub-Group, was for the Secretariat to update a compendium prepared in 1981 containing conversion factors for raw hides and skins, .roughtanned and finished leather required worldwide for comparing data relating to various processing levels. This request was reiterated by the FAO ECDC Workshop on Trade in Hides, Skins and Their Derived Products in zimbabwe in July 1991 and the UNIDO Leather and Leather Industry Expert Panel in India late in 19 91.
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    Strengthening the Regional Preparedness against Lumpy Skin Disease in Central Asia - TCP/SEC/3801 2024
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    Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a vector-borne transboundary animal disease of bovines that causes severe economic losses to the cattle sector as a result of mortality, the decrease in milk production, severe damage to hides and trade restrictions. Originally restricted to Africa, around a decade ago LSD began to spread throughout the Middle East and into Türkiye, the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan. More recently, the disease has emerged in East and South Asia, affecting some of the largest bovine producers in the world, such as China, India or Bangladesh. The risk of an imminent incursion into neighbouring and as yet unaffected countries is very high, particularly for those sharing borders and (both formal and informal) trade routes. This is the case for Central Asia, where countries such as Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan – which share borders with Kazakhstan – and Tajikistan have begun to plan vaccinations to prevent LSD incursions. In Central Asia, cattle are the most important livestock species and are key to rural areas. The spread of LSD would have a dramatic effect upon rural livelihoods, which remain highly dependent on cattle. The combined cattle population across the four countries is more than 15 million heads. Milk production, either for subsistence or income, is of particular concern.

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