Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD) Takes a Leap Towards Digital Transformation

Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD) Takes a Leap Towards Digital Transformation


The Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD) has forged a strategic alliance with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to revolutionize vaccine cold chain management, enhance capacity building, and streamline communication planning through digital means.

  • This collaboration marks a significant step in modernizing India’s veterinary services, aiming to ensure efficient vaccine delivery and better resource management across the country.


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Features of the Collaboration:

  1. Digitalization of Vaccine Management:
  • The partnership will implement a digital system for vaccine stock management, providing real-time data on vaccine availability, distribution, and storage conditions.
  • By utilizing advanced technologies and artificial intelligence through the Animal Vaccine Intelligence Network (AVIN), developed by UNDP, the initiative aims to rectify disparities in vaccine supply due to infrastructural and logistical constraints.
  1. Enhanced Vaccine Distribution:
  • UNDP will support DAHD in ensuring that vaccines are delivered nationwide in the correct quantities and conditions, supervised to maintain high standards of quality and timeliness.
  1. Capacity Building and Technical Assistance:
  • The agreement includes providing technical support to the Centre of Excellence for Animal Husbandry (CEAH) to bolster its animal husbandry practices.
  • The collaboration also focuses on developing a robust and inclusive livestock insurance program and devising effective communication strategies to increase the outreach and impact of DAHD’s initiatives.

One Health Approach:

  • The main aspect of this partnership is the emphasis on the One Health approach, which integrates animal health with overall public health strategies.
  • This holistic approach aims to strengthen animal health systems, thereby contributing to a healthier future.

Ensuring Vaccine Integrity:

  • UNDP’s role includes digitalizing and remotely monitoring the cold chain to ensure vaccines are stored at optimal temperatures (2-8 degrees Celsius), which is crucial for maintaining their efficacy.
  • This initiative will enhance immunization coverage and outreach, ensuring that vaccines reach the most remote areas in perfect condition.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):

  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), established by merging two UN entities in 1965 and fully integrated by 1971, is the leading global source of development aid.
  • As an executive body of the UN General Assembly, it ranks third after the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.
  • It is headquartered in New York City.
  • UNDP operates in 166 countries, working with local governments to tackle development issues and build expertise.
  • It is funded by voluntary contributions and it primarily focuses on poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, energy and environment, and crisis prevention and recovery, emphasizing human rights and women’s empowerment. It also publishes annual and regional Human Development Reports.
  • Key Functions and Focus Areas of UNDP:
    • Democratic Governance: UNDP supports democratic transitions with policy advice, technical assistance, and capacity building, promoting reforms and sharing best practices to enhance democratic institutions and governance programs.
    • Poverty Reduction: UNDP develops strategies to combat poverty by increasing economic opportunities, integrating poverty programs with broader policies, and ensuring the poor have a voice, while also working on trade regulation, debt relief, and foreign investment.
    • Crisis Prevention and Recovery: UNDP reduces conflict and disaster risks and supports early recovery by helping local governments assess needs, build capacity, and coordinate planning and policy-making.
    • Environment and Energy: UNDP addresses environmental issues and promotes sustainable development through innovative policies and partnerships, helping communities develop sustainable livelihoods and manage ecological challenges.
    • Human Rights and HIV/AIDS: UNDP integrates HIV/AIDS into national development and poverty reduction strategies, building national capacities for a coordinated response while protecting the rights of those affected.


The DAHD-UNDP collaboration is set to transform India’s animal husbandry and dairy sectors by integrating advanced digital technologies, improving vaccine distribution, and ensuring better health management practices. This strategic move not only addresses the immediate needs of vaccine logistics but also sets the stage for a more resilient and efficient veterinary healthcare system in India.