The International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture (ICASA) is a public-private partnership created by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to advance research on antimicrobial stewardship in animal agriculture. ICASA’s research promotes the judicious use of antibiotics, advances animal health and welfare, and increases transparency in food production practices.
ICASA is issuing its first call for Letters of Intent (LOI) to advance stewardship and improve health outcomes for livestock. The LOIs should describe concepts for the development, improvement and/or validation of animal-health monitoring or rapid in-field, pen-side or animal-side diagnostic tools. Deadline to apply is February 26, 2019.
Antibiotics are extremely valuable tools for preventing, treating, and controlling disease in livestock production. Maintaining the efficacy of antibiotics is a highly complex issue, affecting both human and animal health, and it is a top priority for livestock producers. The responsible and judicious use of antibiotics is key to addressing this challenge.
ICASA will support the development of tools and management solutions to improve animal health and reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. Projects may include: