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French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development
CIRAD is a French research centre working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues. This centre bases its operations on development needs, from field to laboratory and from a local to a global scale. It works hand-in-hand with local people and the local environment, on complex, ever-changing issues: food security, ecological intensification, emerging diseases, the future of agriculture in developing countries, etc. CIRAD is heavily involved in training students, junior researchers and professional from France and abroad. Partnerships with the higher education sector are one of the top priorities for CIRAD. The emphasis is placed on Ph.D. and Master's level training, such as the InterRisk Master’s Programme. Read more.
AGIRs, Animal and Integrated Risk Management, is the CIRAD research unit responsible for the coordination of the InterRisk Programme. It is an interdisciplinary unit bringing together fundamental and applied ecology, modern epidemiology, social sciences, risk analysis, surveillance and modeling. One of the main research topics of AGIRs unit is the transmission of diseases from animals to humans (zoonoses).The objectives are to assess the health risks for both animals and humans and to propose methods to optimise the management of these risks such as surveillance and control. To lead those researchers successfully, AGIRs is a part of an important interdisciplinary network. Indeed, the AGIRs unit built a solid collaborative relationship with the medical, veterinary and biosciences sector, actors and decision-makers to study wildlife populations and domestic production chains in their ecological and socio-economic environments. The unit takes action in numerous countries through field missions and projects. The AGIRs unit team is present mainly in Africa, Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia (SEA). Read more.
The GREASE Network
In SEA , AGIRs researchers are part of a platform of partnerships for research called “Gestion des Risques Epidémiologiques Emergents en Asie du Sud-Est” (GREASE). This global network aims to improve the management of risks concerning emerging and transboundary diseases in the fields of animal health and veterinary public health, working in coordination with decision makers and health actors. The core members of this regional network coordinated by CIRAD are: Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand, the National Institute for Veterinary Research (NIVR) in Vietnam, the National University of Laos (NUOL), the National Veterinary Research Institute (NAVRI) in Cambodia and Central Mindanao University (CMU) in the Philippines. Read more.
The InterRisk program is funded under an Europaid project, called “Companion Approach for Cross-Sectoral Collaboration in Health Risks Management in SEA” (ComAcross), coordinated by AGIRs. The main objective of this project is to develop an integrated and operational One Health Approach in SEA at the human, animal and environment interface. Read more.