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Capacity Building

We act globally to protect U.S. agriculture locally. Our experts work with foreign government officials and industries to enhance their animal and plant health infrastructures. Through training and expertise, we help partner countries identify and reduce agricultural pest and disease threats, strengthen emergency response preparedness, apply science to address animal and plant health trade issues (per obligations under the World Trade Organization), and improve the safety of agricultural trade between our countries.

Capacity Building activities fall under two portfolios: International Technical and Regulatory Capacity Building and Representation, Foreign Visitors and Protocol (see below). For all capacity building requests including visits from foreign delegations, please contact us at ISCapacityBuilding@usda.gov

Our Services

International Technical and Regulatory Capacity Building

The International Technical and Regulatory Capacity Building team is the entry point for requests from APHIS posts overseas for subject matter expertise, training, and other technical assistance. Requests cover a wide range of topics, such as veterinary epidemiology, regulatory processes and policy, wildlife control and surveillance, pest risk assessment, biotechnology, laboratory diagnostics, transboundary animal diseases, and many other aspects of animal and plant health.

International capacity building is central to APHIS’ safeguarding work. Enhancing the ability of developing countries to use new or improved practices or technologies in their agriculture systems leads to sustainable improvements in animal and plant health worldwide—and reduced risks to American agriculture.

Representation, Foreign Visitors, and Protocol Office 

The Representation, Foreign Visitors, and Protocol Office coordinates and supports foreign delegations seeking to understand APHIS program activities or exchange technical information through subject matter expertise and field visits. We also advise on and assist with protocol and other matters to support the visits of foreign delegations and international visitors to APHIS in Riverdale, MD, and Washington, DC.

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