Seed fund
USD 30.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 115.350
Execution time
12 Months
Total Amount:
USD 145.350
Participating countries:
Argentina Argentina Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Panama Panama Uruguay Uruguay
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 21% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 79%

Executive Summary

Bovine leukosis is identified as one of the silent ailments that affects the health, productivity, and, therefore, economic performance of herds. Its asymptomatic presentation in 90% of cases has led to an underidentification and subsequent undervaluation of resulting productive losses. The growing demand for diagnosis, the appearance of tumors, consequential sudden deaths, and the absence of official sanitary measures, makes it a prospective threat for the dairy sector. Together with tuberculosis, brucellosis and sadness, it completes the set of diseases identified in the animal health programs of the countries of interest. These diseases are considered deserving of specific attention, both technological for better diagnosis, and political for the design of health policies that allow the initiation of control strategies. In Latin America and the Caribbean, bovine leukosis causes fatal tumors recently valued at US $ 5,000 per cow killed with lymphosarcoma (in Argentina).

A positive side effect of this project is that dairy and meat products will be provided to the market with added value due to their "leukosis free" quality, valued within a social context of growing demand for food safety and in concurrence with recent reports that propose that the consumption of bovine meat or milk from herds with leukosis constitutes a threat to public health.


Reduce losses caused by bovine leukosis, which amount to 300 million dollars annually for Argentina, 2.6 billion in dairy countries in Latin America and 5.6 billion globally.


14 million dairy cattle distributed among around 470,000 producers, that produce around 20,000 million liters of milk in Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama, representing around 26% of all Latin America and the Caribbean (excludes Mexico and Brazil).

Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty Responsible consumption and production Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
  • Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales (IDIAF) - República Dominicana
  • Instituto de Innovación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) - Panamá
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) - Uruguay
  • Institut Pasteur de Montevideo (Pasteur) - Uruguay

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Financing by country (in USD)
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With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)