Livestock are critical for ensuring human health and maintaining livelihoods
Livestock health and productivity are negatively impacted by the presence of endemic and emerging diseases, increasing the amount of resources needed to maintain these animals, which in turn increases competition for land, air and water. In response, hundreds of millions of dollars are invested globally on disease mitigation in order to improve livestock health and productivity, yet a systematic process to determine the burden of animal disease on the health and wellbeing of people is not available. It is unknown how the burden is apportioned between smallholders and the commercial sector, by region and gender. Consequently, decision makers lack the information to accurately assess whether their investments target the animal health issues that have the most significant impact on human wellbeing.
Awareness & Impact
The Importance of Acting Now
The world has never had so many livestock, and this population continues to increase. These animals dominate land, water and air use in order to provide nutritious food, valuable fibres and traction power. The health of livestock has a direct effect on their efficiency so intervening in the health issues that have the greatest effect on this efficiency is critical. Making the best possible use of livestock in a welfare appropriate way is growing in importance, as any loss impacts on producers and consumer directly and others across society indirectly.
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