On 26 December 2009 the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) on behalf of the African Union Commission (AUC) signed with the European Commission (EC) a € 20 million – 24 month grant for joint management through the signature of a contribution agreement under the Action entitled: "Food Facility, EU-AU/IBAR VACNADA" for the implementation of "Vaccines for the Control of Neglected Animal Diseases in Africa (VACNADA) project in response to food crisis for intervention to reduce the negative impact of animal diseases in response to soaring food prices to help the most vulnerable countries to move towards long-term food security.
The purpose of the project is to contribute to poverty alleviation and reduce the consequences of food crisis amongst vulnerable rural African Communities in 16 ACP (African -Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) countries by improving livestock health.
The specific objectives are to reduce the impact of animal diseases namely: Peste de Petits Ruminants (PPR) in sheep and goats, Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP) in goats; Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) in cattle and Newcastle Disease (ND) in chickens through increased access and use of quality vaccines.
The programme is an emergency project administered over a 20 month period starting from January 2010.
VACNADA has the following result areas
- Vaccines procured from African laboratories and supplied to selected target countries.
- Targeted animal populations vaccinated against the selected diseases.
- Production capacity and quality of selected vaccines improved within Africa.
- Independent laboratory Quality systems strengthened on the African continent.