The strategic sector cooperation with Mexico

The Strategic sector cooperation (SSC) entails government to government cooperation, in which the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration functions as the Danish partner authority in different SSC projects in e.g., Latin America, Africa and Asia.

The strategic sector cooperation with Mexico operates particularly based on the "One Health approach" and is centered around optimizing animal health, prevention of exotic animal diseases such as African swine fever (ASF), capacity building in relation to the antibiotic consumption (AMU), as well as prevention of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The SSC project has had a particular focus on the pig sector in the first phase of the project (2019-2023), while in the next project period (Nov. 2023 - Nov. 2026) there are plans to expand the collaboration to also include other sectors and to an even greater extent incorporate elements related to a greener and more climate-friendly production line.

Green transition of pig production in Mexico

Mexico has a particular interest in preventing African swine fever (ASF) and, like many other countries, faces a growing challenge regarding antimicrobial resistance (AMR) - areas where Denmark has great expertise and can contribute to capacity building in both the public and private sectors in Mexico.

The collaboration primarily focuses on capacity building on the governmental side and, in the second phase of the project, more extensively aims to incorporate the educational aspect (universities and agricultural schools) as well as the commercial angle by promoting Danish solutions for the benefit of Danish businesses, which the project potentially can also help elevate.

Essentially, the collaboration is geared towards contributing to a green transition of pig meat production in Mexico through preventing livestock diseases and thereby limiting food loss, as well as reducing antibiotic usage in production hence reducing the risk of antibiotic resistance occurrence.

Registration systems for traceability and drug consumption

The second phase of the project was initiated in mid-November 2023 and, in addition to the above-mentioned aspects, also includes elements related to the development of registration systems for traceability and drug consumption in the pork production.