During a serious outbreak of avian flu that struck Indonesia in 2003, farmers had to destroy huge sections of their flocks to stop the spread of disease. The value of birds lost was between US$16.2 to 32.4 million. To mitigate the effects of future outbreaks, the U.S. Government through USAID trained farmers in biosecurity methods, such as quarantining diseased animals, improving sanitation for farmworkers, and proper vaccination methods. Over 8,500 farmers were trained. When avian flu struck again in 2015, farmers were prepared to contain the virus and maintain productivity.
Photograph by FAO Indonesia.