New Article – Roll-out of the Global Burden of Animal Diseases programme

  • J Rushton, B Huntington, W Gilbert (University of Liverpool), M Herrero (CSIRO Agriculture and Food), P R Torgerson (University of Zurich), A P M Shaw (AP Consultants), M Bruce (Murdoch University), T L Marsh (Washington State University), D L Pendell (Kansas State University), T M Bernardo, D Stacey (University of Guelph), D Grace (ILRI), K Watkins (FoodFirst LLC), M Bondad-Reantaso (FAO), B Devleesschauwer (Sciensano), D M Pigott (IHME), M Stone (OIE) and S Mesenhowski (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) have collaborated to produce the now published article Roll-out of the Global Burden of Animal Diseases programme.

With continuing population growth and rising demand for food, livestock and aquaculture are integral to improving food and nutrition security, health, and livelihoods. These positive contributions are being undermined, however, by the negative effects of livestock production and consumption on society and the environment—eg, production of greenhouse gases, environmental degradation, emergence of zoonotic diseases, and antimicrobial resistance. Furthermore, excessive consumption of some livestock products is linked to risk of non-communicable diseases.

There is little evidence available for addressing these concerns through improving livestock production and animal health systems, and no systematic approach to understanding global livestock populations and the resources invested in animals by societies globally. Knowledge of the major constraints on livestock productivity and the means to address them are insufficient, and there is a need for robust assessments of the impact of livestock on food security, disease risks, and climate change. In 2018, the Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) programme was launched to address these vital issues.

This article is available on The Lancet here.