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Cornerstones for the future of
globally diversified livestock production

During Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) 2018 in Berlin, the OIE will host a high-level panel on the future of animal health and welfare on 19 January from 2-4 pm CET.

The topic of this high-level panel is: Animal Health and Welfare: Two cornerstones for the future of globally diversified livestock production.

Monique Eloit, Director General of the OIE, will host this high-level panel which seeks to encourage exchange between participants and the audience in defining the role of animal health and welfare in the global transition to sustainable, responsible and efficient livestock production models. It will also emphasize the vital contribution OIE International Standards on animal health and welfare management make to sustainable livestock policies.

Discussions will revolve around existing mechanisms that ensure the improvement of animal health and welfare worldwide, their current use, and potential use in regional and national frameworks.

Have your say

The multi-stakeholder panel will present diverse perspectives from international, regional and national policy makers and governments’ representative. It will feature question and answer session with policy makers and experts from agricultural and animal health sectors.

You will be able to share comments and highlights on Twitter using the combined hashtags #OIE #GFFA.

The Panel





Dr Monique Eloit

OIE Director General

World Organisation for Animal Health






Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

European Commission

Mr César Cocarico

represented by
Dr Javier Ernesto Suárez Hurtado

Minister of Rural Development and Lands

Executive Director General of the National Service for Agricultural Health and Food Safety

Ministry of Rural Development and Lands

Ministry of Rural Development and Lands


Mrs Carola Schouten

represented by:
Dr Christianne Bruschke

Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

Chief Veterinary Officer

Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

The Netherlands

Dr Christiane Wolff

Counsellor, Agriculture and Commodities Division

World Trade Organization


Mrs Maty Ba Diao

Regional PRAPS Coordinator

CILSS Executive Secretariat

Burkina Faso

Dr Martin Cooke

International Head of Corporate Engagement

World Animal Protection

United Kingdom

Mr Ben Dellaert


International Egg Commission

United Kingdom

Why a panel discussion?

Hundreds of millions of people still depend on their livestock for income, directly linking animal production to their livelihood. However experts estimate that each year up to 20% production losses are attributed to animal diseases around the world. In addition, the society claims for a world where the welfare of animals is respected, promoted and advanced, in ways that meet the requirements of sustainability, climate stewardship and economic efficiency.

The existence of animal health and welfare measures, transparency mechanisms and resilient animal health systems that allow development of countries, and prevention and control of animal diseases, is consequently more than ever essential to protect food safety and security, as well as human health, the economy and social well-being of populations.

What is the GFFA?

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It is held during International Green Week (IGW) and will be taking place in its current shape for the eighth time. The forum gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy. The GFFA is organised by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL) in cooperation with GFFA Berlin e.V., the Senate of Berlin and Messe Berlin GmbH.

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