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A world without rinderpest: the FAO looks to the future

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THE socioeconomic effects of the eradication of rinderpest in 2011 are now beginning to be fully appreciated, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It estimates that eradication of the disease has resulted in annual economic benefits amounting to US $920 million in Africa alone.

A report on the FAO's website says that household incomes across Ethiopia have risen by e38.1 million as a result of rinderpest control and eradication. It adds that Chad credits a 3 per cent increase in its gross domestic product to the absence of the disease. The benefit-cost ratio for different …

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