BIG program (BIosecurity in piG production): launching seminar on June 17, 2022
The BIG program is a multilateral cooperation program led by France with ENSV-FVI as the main project leader, in partnership with IFIP, CIRAD and AVSF. The BIG program aims to improve biosecurity in the pig industry in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines) in order to control African swine fever (ASF).
It was officially launched on June 17, 2022 at the Directorate General for Food (DGAl), in the presence of around thirty people (in hybrid mode).
ASF represents a major sanitary problem for pig production worldwide. It causes losses and devastation to all farmers, regardless of the size of the operation, from the backyard to the large-scale commercial sector.
The sharing of experience and expertise, through a relevant network of researchers, institutes, laboratories and veterinary services (in their global dimension as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH)) has demonstrated its effectiveness.
Half of the funding for the program (1.7 million euros over 3 years) was granted by the Standards and Trade Development Facility – STDF: a global partnership within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (solidarity fund for innovative projects – FSPI).
STDF funding is particularly relevant since it is linked to the WTO SPS agreement and the WOAH framework of international scientific standards, which aim to secure trade, under the control and expertise of the services veterinarians. These are the main pillars of the French strategy to combat contagious diseases: isolation of infected areas in order to protect free areas and maintenance of secure trade. This zoning strategy, while limiting economic losses, is a factor of trust between veterinary services and stakeholders.
Loïc Evain is the head of this program on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty (MASA).