Best practice guide on population estimates, production system classification and livestock production parameters: a basis for a FAO and FAOSTAT Guide

GBADs will develop systematic methods to estimate livestock populations, classify production systems and determine the animal biomass and capital value. This will be a fundamental aspect of generating the burden of animal disease at a population, sector and national level, as the number of animals and the systems they are maintained in establishes both the scale and value of livestock activity to society. The methods developed will provide this information and allow an interpretation of its weaknesses and accuracy. Current data systems do not service such needs. GBADs will develop methods to reinforce the food and agriculture data made publicly available through FAOSTAT. The best practice guidelines on livestock population estimates, production system classification (to include the socio-demographics of the livestock keepers) and livestock production parameters will be presented to the FAOSTAT team for discussion on its development as a FAO guide.

Draft of a best practice standard for economic assessment of animal health: the basis for a chapter in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code

The methods of data collection and analysis will provide evidence that ensures investment cases for animal health systems are robust. GBADs will be designed and implemented to be a natural adjunct to the OIE PVS Gap Analysis, the step in the OIE PVS Pathway that follows the PVS Evaluation. A standardised process to demonstrate the value of GBADs data within the context of OIE PVS Pathway will be developed to support countries to achieve targeted capacity development in animal health and veterinary public health services.

A holistic view of linkages between legislation, activities and programmes, and economics supporting national Veterinary Services capacity for animal health, animal welfare and veterinary public health will be established. The GBADs framework will be presented to the OIE and its Membership using the established process of developing detailed tools and guidelines on their use, that could eventually be succinctly described in a future standard in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code.

The future vision of best practice for GBADs is a framework within an international standard supported by detailed guidelines and tools. Including the GBADs’ intelligence framework as an OIE international standard will cement it in the business as usual toolbox for animal health decision-making globally. This is fundamental to ensure its sustainability, with core activities being supported by the OIE, its Members, and resource partners. Institutionalising GBADs as an international animal health standard will take time, therefore adoption of this standard into the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code is envisaged by 2030.