Improvements in biosecurity in small broiler farms
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13.06.2012

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Funds were rapidly made available internationally to check the spread of Avian Influenza following the outbreak of the disease. But how effective and efficient have programmes initiated been in the longer term? The authors look at an Indonesian-Dutch programme and consider the potential of factors such as capacity building and the widening of the programme’s remit.

As the first human cases were being detected in Southeast Asia early in 2000, concern over Avian Influenza or HPAI started growing all over the world. There was fear of a possible viral mutation into a highly pathogenic strain that could be transmitted between humans, causing a pandemic of unpredictable dimensions and with devastating consequences. Donors quickly made funds available for HPAI control projects all over the world. The real cost-effectiveness and the medium to long-term efficiency of such projects are often belied by the need for a rapid response in emergencies.

One of these projects, the IDP (Indonesia-Dutch Partnership on HPAI) 2005–2011 programme was implemented by a Consortium of Dutch institutes and their partners in Indonesia. This article assesses whether a degree of flexibility and a wider perspective leads to more sustainable project results in the medium-long term.

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