Regional Training on Import Risk Analysis for African swine fever (ASF)

African swine fever or ASF is a disease that affects pigs and wild suids, is mostly endemic, but sometimes epizootic in isolated pockets within the Africa region. The disease is difficult to eradicate given the absence of registered efficacious vaccine and the existence of wildlife reservoirs and the Argasid tick, Ornithodoros species vectors.  The recent pandemic spreading in Asia and Europe has seriously devastated the global pig industry. Since 2019, ASF has become a global priority transboundary animal disease for the Global framework for the progressive control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) coordination mechanism and a global initiative for the control of ASF has been launched in 2020.

In line with the WTO SPS Agreement, Member Countries have the right to protect animal life or health, to manage overall risk reasonably and effectively.

A country’s import health measures must be based on international standards (OIE); or import risk analysis (IRA). The import risk analysis is justifiable in the absence of a relevant standard; or when a member country chooses to adopt a higher standard of protection than the international standard provides.

The current regional training workshop on import risk analysis for African swine fever (ASF) was the first workshop of its kind in Africa, but other workshops have already been conducted in Asia and Europe.

The training workshop took place under the technical supervision of the OIE Scientific Department, OIE Standards Department, OIE World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department. It was organized under the umbrella of the Global framework for the progressive control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) initiative for the global control of ASF.


This training course was supported by GF-TADs

The six-day (20 hour) virtual training was attended by 62 country representatives, regional and international experts and observers over the course of 6 weeks, between 9 November and 14 December 2021.


Attending countries :

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia

Above : Map of attending countries (at least one session)


  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

The 13 trainers comprised three from South Africa, two from Kenya, one from Tanzania, one from Canada, one from the United States of America, three from the OIE headquarters, and one each from the OIE Sub-regional representations for Eastern and Southern Africa respectively :

  • Tim Carpenter, University of California – Davis, USA
  • Charmaine Chng, Standards Department, OIE, France
  • Thomas Dulu, Sub-Regional Representation for Eastern Africa, OIE, Kenya
  • Peter Evans, South African Pork Producers Organisation, SAPPO, South Africa
  • Folorunso Fasina, Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, Tanzania
  • Livio Heath, Onderstepoort Veterinary Research, OVR, South Africa
  • Moetapele Letshwenyo, Sub-Regional Representation for Southern Africa, OIE, Botswana
  • Noel Murray, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canada
  • Edward Okoth, International Livestock Research Institute, ILRI, Kenya
  • Mary-Louise Penrith, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Paolo Tizzani, World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department, OIE, France
  • Gregorio Torres, Science Department, OIE, France
  • Sharon Tsigadi, Farmers Choice Ltd K, Kenya

The six sessions were designed and delivered around the following themes and presentations are available for download below :

  • Opening and general outline
  • Epidemiology of ASF in Africa with an emphasis on trade related risks
  • An overview of value chains associated with swine production and marketing in Africa
  • Business continuity in the context of ASF : zoning and compartmentalisation
  • Applying the OIE Import Risk Analysis Framework to facilitate safe trade
  • Summary and closeout

Download the full agenda

This training round will be followed by a similar one for French-speaking countries in 2022.

Session 4 : Business continuity in the context of ASF - zoning and compartmentalisation

Lead trainer, Dr Noel Murray (CFIA, Canada) during the session (5) on risk analysis

More information :


Global website (ASF)

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Africa website

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ASF Portal

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GF-TADs for Africa

ASF page

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ASF Communication materials

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Stream the recordings of the training session :

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Session 1

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Session 2

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Session 3

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Session 5

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Session 6

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