Technical assistance to strengthen the regulatory, institutional and health framework for sustainable livestock production and its diversification

Areas of the Paraguay's livestock sector are being strengthened, such as dairy products and others such as poultry, pork, sheep, goats, beekeeping and fish, which need public policies that allow them to take better advantage of market opportunities. In addition, there is an increasing trend of small and medium producers who are inclined to small livestock production as a way of diversification. The government aspires to promote this diversification of livestock production and, at the same time, sustainable production practices, placing emphasis on organized small and medium producers in the non-traditional value chains of the livestock sector.

The general objective of the "Project for the Promotion of Diversified and Sustainable Livestock Production" of which this TA contract forms part, is to reduce rural poverty through economic diversification and the improvement of the competitiveness of non-traditional livestock production and its capacity for integration into international markets, through the establishment of bases, promotion and development of sustainable production. The aim is to provide Technical Assistance (TA) services for the strengthening of the normative, institutional and sanitary framework of sustainable livestock production and its diversification.

Services provided

Field of action 1: Strengthening the regulatory and institutional framework for sustainable livestock production and its diversification (macro level)

  • Strengthening the Vice Ministry of Livestock: updated institutional and regulatory framework, including addressing sustainable production methods, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, with emphasis on the link between institutional management and Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs).
  • Support administrative simplification through the introduction of an electronic register to facilitate the construction of a Livestock Single Window (Ventanilla única pecuaria)
  • Promote strategic planning by product and support the respective public-private competitiveness dialogue roundtables.
  • Support capacity building in the Sustainable Livestock and Climate Change Unit to promote the balance between livestock development and protection of natural resources, in order to encourage sustainable livestock production.
  • Review of the legal, institutional, functional and strategic framework of the GMV, including relevant environmental legislation, in line with international treaties
  • Adaptation and complementarity of the legal framework and strategic plans of the eight identified non-traditional value chains: pigs, poultry and eggs, dairy cattle, sheep and goats, aquaculture and beekeeping.
  • Preparation or updating of the Manual(s) of good practices to promote sustainable livestock production and encourage its dissemination, application and control by each chain

Field of action 2 - Strengthening the health framework for non-traditional livestock sectors (meso level)

  • Strengthen or expand the scope of the national quality and health infrastructure to other livestock sectors (bovine milk, poultry and dairy products, pigs, sheep, goats, aquaculture, beekeeping), including the capacity to implement control and traceability.
  • Strengthen the laboratories necessary for livestock diversification, for accreditation in accordance with ISO 17025 standards
  • Support the review and improvement of the health regulatory framework for livestock diversification
  • Training of the appropriate technical personnel in topics such as poultry management, Production and Quality Control of tuberculin PPD for birds, laboratory tests, Inter-laboratory Tests, antigen production and quality control of vaccines, molecular diagnosis of animal diseases and sequencing, Biosecurity.
  • Institutional strengthening of the National Animal Health Service (SENACSA): i) Expansion of the computerized traceability system; ii) guidance for the establishment and management of quarantine stations; iii) modernization of laboratories.
  • Specific training of veterinarians accredited by SENACSA


Central and South America / Caribbean
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Equinoccio (leader), IICA (partner)
2019-03-01 to 2021-05-31