NVI-NORAD Knowledge Bank Collaboration - Proposal for Africa

This report summarizes the major findings/conclusions of NVIs visit to Ethiopia and Malawi in January 2020 and presents a framework for collaboration focusing on ONE HEALTH initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable food systems. These initiatives are based on interventions in the field of animal health that can contribute to improved human and environmental health, more resilient rural communities and improved economic viability of production systems.

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute has signed in 2020 a cooperation agreement with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation – Norad – to contribute with expertise in Norad’s Knowledge Bank. Many low-income countries are increasingly asking for support in topics related to food safety and animal/fish health, and this has also been prioritized by the Norwegian government action plan on sustainable food systems in the context of Norwegian foreign and development policy.

In connection with an official visit of the Royal Norwegian Ministry for Food and Agriculture to the Republic of Malawi in January 2020, the Norwegian Veterinary Institute undertook a visit to Ethiopia and Malawi to discuss with relevant entities and partners. The potential for relevant collaboration projects was discussed within the frame of the Knowledge bank and the Norwegian action plan on sustainable food systems.