Community Engagement newsletter, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Special edition, October 2014
KeywordsFaculty of Veterinary Science, News media coverage of
Pet Empowerment in Townships (PETS)
Vet Books for Africa
Veterinary Solutions (VetSol)
Mobile veterinary sterilisation programme
Veterinary medicine -- Press coverage
Veterinary medicine -- South Africa
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AbstractNews articles with colour photos about the various community engagement projects of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria.
Help us help pets / Jenna-Lee Dunbar -- An adventure and a privilege / Matthew Huckle -- VetSol: saving lives one sterilisation at a time! / Alwyn Venter, Anke Venter, Jandre Pretorius, Nicola Schloms and Zandri Visagie -- The ‘dog bite special’ / Johannes Visser -- A day worth remembering: Phomolong Secondary School at lory Park Zoo / Lucinda Cowan and Hanli Marx.
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Kyrgyz Republic - Livestock Sector Review : Embracing the New ChallengesWorld Bank (Washington, DC, 2007-01)Continuing a long Kyrgyz tradition, the livestock sector is one of the strongest components of the rural economy. The sector contributes substantially to the national economy by providing high value food, income, employment and foreign exchange. There are also significant indirect benefits which include reduced risks to human health, more sustainable use of arable land and pastures, access to lucrative markets and the possibility to add value to livestock products. The processing and marketing of livestock products are also attractive to women. Available evidence suggests that recent growth in the value of sector output was due mostly to a strong increase in producer prices and only a small increase in productivity - despite the ample scope for growth of the latter. Productivity levels are low - number of calves/lambs born per 100 cows/ewes, milk yields, wool output and animal growth rates fall well short of genetic potential of the current mix of animal breeds and international industry standards. Current levels of animal productivity are low - due to poor nutrition, the high incidence of diseases, heavy affliction with parasites, and poor animal and farm management.
Kyrgyz Republic : Agricultural Policy Update, Volume1. OverviewWorld Bank (Washington, DC, 2013-03-24)This policy note examines the policy and
investment framework between 2003 and 2010, resulting sector
performance and the priorities for future development. It
draws attention to the need to refocus on completing the
fundamental reforms and investments on which
Kyrgyzstan's early successes were built. These include
further development of land market, building rural finance
markets, further public investment and institutional
development in the irrigation sector, encouraging greater
private investment in the seeds sector and machinery
services, public-private partnerships for advisory service
provision, completion of ongoing reforms in pasture
management, development of veterinary services and improving
the business environment for private investment in
agro-processing. The policy Note discusses the
government's approach to achieving greater food
security, which centers on food self-sufficiency and
discusses why this is not the best route to raising low
rural incomes - the root cause of food insecurity. The
report discusses some of the policies conceived after the
food price crisis, including intervention in output markets,
and argues that these are likely to be unaffordable,
ineffective and will divert limited resources away from more
important reforms. The policy note describes possible
approaches to development of the sector, including minimal
government intervention in markets, promoting responsibility
for management of natural resources with communities,
facilitating user contributions to infrastructure
investments and the cost of services and provision of public
services through private providers. These were the
foundation of many of Kyrgyzstan's earlier successes
but also respond to the new imperatives brought about by the
2010 political crisis, including the renewed urgency for
growth and stability in the agricultural sector to rebuild
rural communities, fiscal discipline to address the budget
deficit and improved governance to restore confidence in
government. The strategic objectives could more usefully
emphasize the need to: a) raise rural incomes; b) protect
vulnerable consumers from price and supply shocks; c)
increase agricultural profitability and reduce risk; d)
protect consumers from public health risks; and e) arrest
environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity.
Environmental and Social Management System Implementation Handbook : Animal ProductionInternational Finance Corporation (Washington, DC, 2014-12-19)Environmental and social responsibility is becoming more and more important in todayapos;s global economy. There are thousands of environmental and social codes and standards in the world today. The codes and standards define the rules and the objectives. But the challenge is in the implementation. An environmental and social management system (ESMS) helps companies to integrate the rules and objectives into core business operations, through a set of clearly defined, repeatable processes. This Handbook is intended to be a practical guide to help companies in the animal production industry develop and implement an environmental and social management system, which should help to improve overall operations. Some people think that an environmental and social management system must be big, complicated and expensive. But that is not really true. To be effective, a management system needs to be scaled to the nature and size of the company. If a company has existing management systems for quality or health and safety, this Handbook will help to expand them to include environmental and social performance. Sections I and II provide background on environmental and social management systems (ESMS) in the animal production industry. Section III provides step-by-step instructions on how to develop and implement an ESMS. The ESMS Toolkit and Case Studies section offers tools to help you develop and implement the systems described in this Handbook, as well as two case studies in the animal production industry that implemented an ESMS. The Self-Assessment and Improvement Guide offers tools to measure the maturity of an ESMS and to develop a plan for improvement.