Transformational Strategies for Farm Output Mitigation (TRANSFORM)

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Contract Start Year

2021

Contract End Year

2026

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Ashna Kibria

Chief of Party

Jason Shelton

Prime Partner

Cargill

A Global Health Security Challenge

Emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance are amongst today’s defining global health security challenges. Most emerging infectious diseases — more than 70% — originate from animals. Transboundary animal diseases (TADs) – the spread of disease from one animal to another – can decimate farmers’ flocks and herds. And the more we use antibiotics for animal agriculture, the more we struggle with antimicrobial resistance threatening our ability to treat infections in humans and animals.

By 2050, it’s estimated we will need to produce 60% more food to feed a world population of 9.3 billion. At the same time, without action, antimicrobial resistance is projected to cause an 11% loss in global livestock production by 2050 – causing a major hit to the food production and farmer livelihoods.

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By 2050, it's a projected we will need 60% more food to feed a growing population

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Meanwhile, AMR is projected to cause an 11% loss in livestock production.

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70% of emerging infectious diseases in animals and capable of transmission to humans.

Animal Agriculture has a Role to Play

USAID understands that human health is inextricably linked with the health of animals and the environment. Healthy animals reduce the need for antibiotics. And less antibiotics in the food system is better for all of us. That’s why, through the USAID Global Health Security TRANSFORM activity, a private-sector-led consortium is researching and developing market-driven solutions that improve animal health so significantly that the risk of disease and zoonotic pathogens is considerably lower, animal production is considerably higher, and the use of antibiotics as a treatment for illness, to prevent disease, or to enhance performance is significantly reduced.

This unique initiative at the intersection of agriculture and human health represents a new and innovative way that USAID is working with the private sector. Together, the public and private sector have greater scale and effectiveness in tackling the complexity of today’s challenges and can spur sustainable impact. 

THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS BRINGING AN EVIDENCE-BASED, MARKET-DRIVEN APPROACH

TRANSFORM is working in Kenya, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam to increase the capacity of small- and large-scale farmers, governments, and agribusinesses to prevent emerging zoonoses and transboundary animal disease and mitigate antimicrobial resistance. 

Private sector agribusinesses regularly use research and development to test agricultural products and services in market before bringing them to scale. Cargill knows this is critical for long-term market uptake. The same is true for TRANSFORM. This project is using research and development to advance sustainable solutions that improve animal health so significantly that the risk of disease is considerably lower, animal production is considerably higher, the use of antibiotics is significantly reduced. All-the-while, we remain focused on the productivity and profitability of farmers.

TRANSFORM'S FOCUS AREAS 

We are working across the following integrated focus areas to do our part in contributing to increased global health security and increased access to safe, affordable animal-sourced nutrition.

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1. ANIMAL HEALTH DATA COLLECTION, ANALYSIS AND APPLICATION

Data enables farmers to make evidence-based decisions to maintain and improve animal health. More broadly, it reveals patterns that help industry actors mitigate threats. TRANSFORM is working to establish an all-sector, market-supported field data collection and analytics platform that can help predict, identify, track, and mitigate farm-based disease and health-related issues.

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2. ANIMAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS

Industry-wide commitment is essential to the widespread adoption of any threat-prevention practice. TRANSFORM will facilitate the development and adoption of science-based antimicrobial standards.

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3. ON-FARM PRACTICES

Animal health is core to preventing animal disease and thus essential to threat-reduction. TRANSFORM will conduct applied research on holistic animal nutrition, including a market-based immune support product. TRANSFORM will also develop cost-effective tools based on research results and provide training to establish sustained on-farm practices that improve animal health, support the economic viability of small to large-scale farm operations, and decrease the risk of AMR, zoonoses and TADs.

Our Team

Jason Shelton

Dr. Jason Shelton

Chief of Party - USAID TRANSFORM

Michelle Cassal

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Deputy Chief of Party | TRANSFORM

Ashley Peterson

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Communications

Victor Nsereko

Dr Victor Nsereko

Research Portfolio Manager

Claire Daley

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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager

Dr. Ruth Omani

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Technical Services and Research Support Specialist

Stefani Harianja

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Technical Services and Project Lead

Dennis Erpelding

Dennis Erpelding

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Resources from Diverse Perspectives

This is where you can find the latest lessons, best practices, research results and thought leadership pieces from our diverse team. 

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A Research-Driven Model Leading to Healthier Animals and Safer Animal-Sourced Foods

Cargill's Dr. Victor Nsereko has spent his career researching animal health and understanding how to reduce the risk of food borne pathogens. He is now TRANSFORM's research portfolio manager. He shares insights into

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Michelle Cassal on How Diverse Teams are Solving Agriculture’s Biggest Problems

Michelle Cassal, the Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID TRANSFORM Program at Cargill explains her role, the impact the ag sector can have on human health through addressing zoonotic diseases and antibiotic resistance

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Private Sector Q&A on Livestock and Global Health Security

Dr. Jason Shelton, Cargill’s TRANSFORM Chief of Party and International Poultry Council's Dennis Erpelding engage in a Q+A about the interconnections between the private sector, global health security and livestock.

TRANSFORM's Consortium

TRANSFORM is a part of USAID’s Global Health Security efforts, which invest in "One Health" approaches that recognize that the future well-being of humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably linked. Our consortium of private and public sector organizations are working to create shared value – because strengthening the market drives the opportunity for all. Each of the following members contributes unique expertise and capabilities.

  • CARGILL, a global agribusiness company, contributes its relationships to farms of all sizes across multiple species and offers products, services, and solutions that support animal health by balancing gut microbiota and the immune system.  
  • AUSVET, a global consulting company specializing in One Health epidemiology, disease surveillance tools and health information systems, contributes its field data collection and information system and epidemiological expertise.​ 
  • HEIFER INTERNATIONAL, a global non-governmental organization working to end hunger and poverty through agriculture, contributes to relationships with smallholder farmers across the world.​ 
  • INTERNATIONAL POULTRY COUNCIL, a global industry membership organization, contributes by bringing together poultry stakeholders from all continents, representing the value chain from genetics to consumption, and working to proactively address shared challenges and opportunities.

TRANSFORM is a part of the USAID Global Health Security Program

USAID’s Global Health Security Program invests in "One Health" approaches -- like TRANSFORM -- that recognize that the future well-being of humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably linked. It includes projects that strengthen the capacity of partner countries to understand and address the risks posed by zoonotic diseases that are spilling over from animals to humans and causing epidemics; strengthen national laboratory and surveillance systems; train the next generation of health workers in “One Health” capacities; improve risk communication to inform the public and health workers on infection prevention and control; address the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance; promote innovation in vaccine development; and conduct research into new and emerging viruses.

Learn more about the USAID Global Health Security portfolio here.