Animal Health


What is AGAH?

is the acronym for the Animal Health Service of the Animal Production and Health Division of FAO.

It is one of the Services of the Agriculture Department.


Infectious Diseases

Parasitic Diseases


Veterinary Services


Electronic conference


Animal Health Service structure

Animal diseases cause major economic losses through mortality, reduced productivity, lower fertility, condemned products, and restricted access to potential markets.

The Animal Health Service (AGAH) is responsible for helping member countries to develop strategies for the economic control of animal diseases.

The effective control of communicable diseases requires international effort. AGAH's Infectious and Parasitic Disease Group takes a lead in the international coordination of the prevention, diagnosis and control of important diseases, such as Foot and Mouth Disease, Rinderpest and African Swine Fever, as well as a range of diseases transmitted by ticks.

Many of the major animal diseases are transmitted by insects, such as, the tsetse fly. The Insect Vector Disease Group has been spearheading the control of Trypanosomiasis by introducing new, ecologically sound techniques for containing the tsetse challenge, working closely with national land use planners.

Insects themselves can cause considerable losses. Through the Screwworm Emergency Centre For North Africa (SECNA) AGA has been particularly successful in coordinating the eradication of the New World Screwworm in Libya, and preventing its spread throughout Africa. This was achieved by releasing massive numbers of sterile male flies.

Despite technical advances, weaknesses in the delivery of veterinary services often prevent these benefits reaching the producer. The Veterinary Services Group addresses these issues.