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Reducing antimicrobial use in Uganda’s poultry value chain (BUILD project- led by ILRI)

Emerging resistance against antimicrobials is a big concern for livestock production and public health. In recognition of this global problem, the Ugandan government has developed a national action plan (NAP) for antimicrobial resistance which #BuildUganda will support through the current research activities. Some of the aims include identifying what antimicrobials are most commonly used by the poultry farmers in commercial and smallholder production systems as well as understanding why they are applied, i.e. are they being used because of lack of options to control poultry disease or purely for profit oriented purposes such as growth promotion. This component specifically aims to understand current antimicrobial use in poultry value chains, assess risks to humans from poultry-associated antimicrobial resistance (AMR), support evidence-based policy dialogue for antimicrobial surveillance and AMR strategies and build capacities of value chain actors, implementers and researchers.

BuildUganda is a research for development collaboration to prevent and tackle animal diseases and zoonoses in Uganda. Led by the International Livestock Research Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, it mobilizes national and international research and development partners from Uganda, Kenya and Germany. The five-year program is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Corporation and Development (BMZ) and the CGIAR research programs on Livestock and on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).