Bhutan is a small isolated country bordered on the north by China and on all other sides by India. About half of the country’s people live in remote areas. Bhutan is transitioning from monarchy to democracy and, as it broadens its economic base, human resource development will become increasingly important.
Because of Bhutan’s relative lack of capacity and the presence of several large donors competing for Bhutanese Government and commercial resource support, the ACIAR program will remain small. Earlier ACIAR work in Bhutan focused on pest and disease control, including extension and adaptation of research on a Newcastle disease vaccine for village chickens (with the help of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid funding), management of footrot in ruminants and management of disease in citrus.