Welcome to Tryrac
TRYRAC is a 5 year (1 March 2012 - 28 February 2017) project funded by the Global Programme on Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) of the European Commission.

Read the end-of-project workshop report here.
Title of the action
Improving the management of trypanosomiasis in smallholder livestock production systems in tsetse-infested sub-Saharan Africa
Location of the action
Tsetse-infested sub-Saharan Africa in general; Ethiopia, Mozambique, Togo for implementation; South Africa, Burkina Faso for support.
Overall Objective
To improve the sustainable livelihoods of resource-poor livestock producers in smallholder production systems through improved control of trypanosomiasis.
Specific Objective
To develop competent and functioning African laboratories and veterinary services and provide state-of-the-art AAT control strategies to livestock farmers in tsetse infected
Target groups
Veterinary diagnostic laboratories, veterinary and extension services, agricultural development parastatals, NGO´s and farmer groups, policy makers, international organisations (e.g. PAAT, PATTEC), scientists.
Total duration
60 months (1 March 2012 - 28 February 2017)
Final beneficiaries
Smallholder livestock keepers in tsetse-infested areas of Africa
14-15 February 2017
TRYRAC organized an end-of-project regional workshop in Lomé (Togo) to communicate and discuss the major findings and recommendations of the project to all relevant stakeholders. A variety of stakeholders (farmers, veterinary services, policymakers,…) from different West-African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo) attended this workshop. The report of this workshop can be found here.
15-17 December 2016
A Sustainable Animal Health Workshop was organized by TRYRAC in Quelimane and Mocuba (Mozambique) targeting veterinarians, technicians, agricultural students and farmers at province-level. The report is available in the partner area.
2-3 September 2016
A final Project Management meeting was held at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) to discuss the planning for the last 6 months of the project and the organization of a TRYRAC workshop in Mozambique and Togo. The report is available in the partner area.
29th March – 7th April 2016 Field Mission
29th March – 7th April 2016. FUB, VSF-B and the Ethiopian partner organized a field mission to monitoring TRYRAC WP 4 and WP5 activities in the Guraghe zone (Ethiopia). The report is available in the partner area.
February 2016. The results of a TRYRAC-coordinated drug quality
February 2016. The results of a TRYRAC-coordinated drug quality analysis in Northern Togo is published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine 126 (2016) 151–158. Download here
6-11th January 2016: Coordination meeting
6-11th January 2016. A coordination meeting was held in Lomé (Togo) between VetTogo, ITM, FUB and VSF to discuss and plan the biological and socio-economic evaluation of the implemented best-bet strategies after 24 months. The report is available in the partner area.
The 4th PMC meeting was held in Ethiopia at the Crown Hotel in Addis Ababa (Kality) on 13th till 15th of July 2015
The minutes and PPT presentations are available in the partner area. PMC 5 will be held in Berlin, Germany early September 2016 linked to the first joint AITVM-STVM meeting
20-24th April 2015 Stakeholder meeting in Quelimane (Mozambique) and implementation of WP4
Ms FERNANDES Maria Imelda (EEAS-MAPUTO) joined the FUB and ITM teams. The reports will be available soon.
22nd February - 6th March 2015 (Antje Hoppenheit FUB & Vincent Delespaux ITM)
Implementation of the work package 4 in Ethiopia. The report is available in the partner area.
19-20th January 2015: Trypanocide Drug QC Testing at IAEA's Headquarters, Vienna, Austria
This meeting is part of the GALVmed, FAO, IFAH, IAEA, TRYRAC Initiative for Trypanocide Quality Control in Africa. The agenda is available in the partner area.
November 2014: ITM (Vincent Delespaux) and VSF-B (Déthié Faye) for a mission in Togo
Finalization of the extension messages Field activities supervision & administrative concertation
Extraordinary PMC meeting was held in Antwerp from 30/09 till 02/10/2014
Field activities in Ethiopia needed some focusing and synchronisation.
Fact Finding mission in Mozambique 07 - 17 July 2014
The Freie Universität Berlin and ITM were on mission in Quelimane for the Fact finding mission. The report is available in the partner area.
Launching the Best Bet strategy in Koundoum (Togo) 27 - 30 May 2014
The Freie Universität Berlin (Drs Antje Hoppenheit and Burkhard Bauer) and the ITM (Vincent Delespaux) were on mission in Koundoum to start the field activities of workpackage 4. Hundred calves were ear-tagged and submitted to parasitological and coprological examination. Insecticide spraying demonstrations were orgnized. Sprayer and insecticide were handed over to the crushpen team.
Stakeholder meeting in Wolkite (Ethiopia) on 7 - 8 April 2014
The Freie Universität Berlin (Drs Antje Hoppenheit and Burkhard Bauer) and VSF (Dr Haret Hambe) were in Wolkite with the main stakeholders of the Action to present, explain and plan de best bet strategies for Ethiopia.
Third Project Management and Coordination meeting in Lomé (Togo) on 24-25 March 2014.
The ITM thanks all the participant to the third PMC meeting for their constructive participation. We also thanks Thomas Cherenet who kindly accepted to organize the next PMC meeting in Addis Abbeba next year.
First stakeholder meeting in Kara on 20 - 21 March 2014
A team composed from Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp and Vétérinaires sans frontière met livestock keepers, private and public veterinarians, representatives of the Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique, of the Institut de Conseil et d'Appui Technique and of the Université de Lomé, pharmacists. Achieved results will be presented. Future strategies to implement will be presented in the framework of WP4.
Meeting of TRYRAC representatives to the EU Commission in Maputo on 04 February 2014
Houssinatou Sy and Vincent Delespaux visited the EC
Main activities
  • Develop, validate and transfer molecular tools, including novel genetic markers, to detect trypanocide resistance to three African laboratories;
  • Support establishment of a drug control laboratory in Africa and conduct drug quality surveys in three countries;
  • Identify and evaluate suspected “hot spots” of trypanocide resistance in south-western Ethiopia, Central Mozambique and northern Togo;
  • Develop and test best-bet integrated control strategies minimizing and reversing trypanocide resistance;
  • Develop and implement area-specific strategies and extension messages to improve the effectiveness of trypanocide;
  • Determine impact of interventions on livelihoods of livestock producers.