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With the rise of the One Health paradigm, ethicists have called for new research approaches, considering the interdependent relationships of humans, animals, and their environment. These relationships can be particularly complex within resource-poor, smallholder livestock systems, necessitating a rigorous informed-consent process. Little has been p...
In September 2019, Timor-Leste, where pigs are kept by more than 70 percent of households, became the eleventh Asian country to report African Swine Fever (ASF). Drawing on our recent, as-yet unpublished research we show that while national pork consumption is low, pigs hold tremendous monetary value for smallholders within the economy of ceremonie...
Participatory epidemiology (PE) evolved as a branch of veterinary epidemiology and has been largely employed for the control and early warning of infectious diseases within resource-limited settings. It was originally based on combining practitioner communication skills with participatory methods to facilitate the involvement of animal caretakers a...
"This scoping study is the rst research initiative aimed at compiling existing evaluation cases with proven methodologies to assess and document evidence-based approaches in the eld of Communication for Development that may be used for designing rural communication services as part of agricultural and rural development policies. It draws on a liter...
The impacts of African Swine Fever (ASF) have most frequently been described quantitatively though it is increasingly acknowledged these impacts extend well beyond numbers. During 2020, a multidisciplinary team of researchers developed a framework for Socioeconomic and Livelihood Impact Assessment (SELIA) of livestock diseases in smallholder commun...
Small-scale pig farming is highly important to the economic and social status of households in Timor-Leste. The presence of an African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in Timor-Leste was confirmed in 2019, a major concern given that around 70% of agricultural households practice pig farming. This research used a virtual spatial group model building proce...
Keynote address, can also be viewed on CGSpace: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/56960
This project has the overall aim of further developing a vision and direction for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research to support sustainable development of the smallholder livestock sector in Timor-Leste over the coming 5-10 year period.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), where microorganisms (such as bacteria and viruses) are no longer controlled effectively by antimicrobials (such as antibiotics), poses a global threat to animals and humans. AMR can cause standard medical treatments to become ineffective, which in turn leads to persistence and further spread of infections. This research will look at how antimicrobials are used in smallholder livestock systems and how innovative, context-specific approaches for more judicious use can be taken to a large scale. The research will apply both epidemiological mapping techniques as well as principles and strategies of participatory communication. More broadly, the research is anticipated to make contributions to the field of scalable innovation in agricultural development.