Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases

GF-TADs for Africa

Implementing partners at international level

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)


Learn more about the establishment of the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases in 2004

Latest news and events

from 17/11/2020 to 19/11/2020

2nd FAO/OIE Peste des petits ruminants (PPR/G...

N'Djamena, Chad
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9th Regional Steering Committee (RSC9) meetin...

July 09, 2014
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The Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) was launched on May 24, 2004, the signing date of the “FAO-OIE GF-TADs General Agreement”.

GF-TADs is a joint initiative of the  Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to achieve the prevention, detection and control of transboundary animal diseases (TADs) and in particular, to address their original and global dimensions. The initiative combines the strengths of both international organizations to achieve agreed common objectives.

GF-TADs is a facilitating mechanism which endeavours to empower regional alliances in the fight against TADs, to provide for capacity building and to assist in establishing programmes for the specific control of certain TADs based on regional priorities.

At the Global level, the GF-TADs Global Steering Committee (GSC) provides guidance on technical activities of global scope to be implemented by the GF-TADs Global Secretariat under the supervision and agreement of the GF-TADs Management Committee.  More information :


The GF-TADs GSC also provides strategic directions to the Regional Steering Committees (RSC) for the definition of their annual or multi-annual Action Plans and facilitates collaboration and cooperation between the global and regional levels.

Agreement of 24 May 2004, establishing the GF-TADs

The proposed revised (2019) GF-TADs Africa Regional Steering Committee (RSC) will act as a regional stakeholders’ platform, bringing together the African Union (AU) institutions (AU-IBAR and AU-PANVAC) the eight (8) Regional Economic Communities (RECs) (CENSAD, COMESA, EAC, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD, SADC and UMA) recognized by the African Union Commission (AUC), relevant regional technical and financial institutions (CEBEVIRHA, UEMOA), representatives of Member States through the Regional Epidemiology and Laboratory Networks’ Chairpersons, the African Members of the OIE Council and the Bureau of the OIE Regional Commission for Africa, the OIE Regional Representation, the FAO Regional Representation, representatives of the Africa Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V) and of the Pan African Farmers Organisation (PAFO).

The World Bank, the European Commission, the African Development Bank, the Arab Organization for Agriculture Development (AOAD) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) complete the list of international/multilateral financial and technical partners (members).

The presidency of the GF-TADs is currently as follows :

  • President : AU (AU-IBAR)
  • Vice-president 1 : FAO (RAF/Africa)
  • Vice-President 2: OIE (First African OIE Council Member)

The RSC provides a platform for exchange of information to avoid overlap and to build synergies by encouraging the creation of regional alliances and partnerships and the definition of a common vision and subsequent action plan for the control of priority TADs in Africa. The RSC provides advice to pan-African or sub-regional programmes/projects and supports their governance and coordination including supporting resource mobilization efforts.




To date the RSC for Africa has met nine times, since its inception in April 2006 (Bamako, Mali) :


The GF-TADs Fourth Global Steering Committee meeting (GSC4) held on 18 and 19 October 2011 recommended to develop a five-year Action Plan and requested regional input before June 2012 through the GF-TADs Regional Action Plan (if available) and/or relevant GF-TADs recommendations with a background note regarding plans and activities. The last two Action Plans of the GF-TADs for the Africa Region were established for a 5-year period.

The last adopted Action Plan covered the period 2012-2016 and focused on:

  • ASF – African swine fever
  • CBPP – Contagious bovine Pleuropneumonia
  • FMD – Foot and mouth disease
  • NCD – Newcastle disease
  • PPR – Peste des petits ruminants
  • Rabies
  • RVF – Rift valley fever

Past GF-TADs for Africa accredited events and reports

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

9th Regional Steering Committee (RSC9) meeting of GF-TADs for Africa

July 09, 2014
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2012 - 2016

5-year Action Plan

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Entebbe, Uganda

Eastern African Veterinary Authorities Update Roadmap for regional FMD control...

July 05, 2018
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Mokolodi and Gaborone, Botswana

Southern African countries commit to region-wide FMD control under FAO and OIE patronage.

March 18, 2011
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Regional training on the OIE procedure for PPR official status recognition and endorsement of national official control programme

June 13, 2019
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Chingola, Zambia

SADC Countries agree on common strategy to stop PPR spread

June 08, 2011
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FMD, PPR (North Africa)

Tunis, Tunisia

Meeting of the “Drafting Committee” on official disease status and official control programmes related to FMD and PPR

May 12, 2014
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Tunis, Tunisia

2nd workshop on Official FMD and PPR country status : advantages for North African countries

November 12, 2013
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Picture © P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2014
Tunis, Tunisia

First workshop on official FMD country status : advantages for North African countries

September 24, 2010
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RVF Rift Djibouti 2015
Djibouti, Djibouti

Inter-regional conference on Rift Valley Fever (RVF) Djibouti (2015)

April 23, 2015
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Mombasa, Kenya

Middle East and Horn of Africa meet in Mombasa to discuss Rift Valley Fever (2012)

November 15, 2012
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Bloemfontein, South Africa

Re-emergence of Rift Valley Fever in Southern Africa : how to better predict and respond ? (Bloemfontein, 2009)

February 18, 2009
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