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.
The Importance of Acting Now
In an environment where there is strong demand for evidence-based decision-making, it is no longer acceptable that investment decisions in the livestock sector have to be made on “guestimates” and untrustworthy data. Given that there are 1.3 billion vulnerable people in low- and middle-income economies who depend on livestock for both livelihoods and nutrition; these communities living on the margins deserve a system that services their needs and GBADs will be designed and implemented to do this.
In terms of biomass, the world is dominated by livestock (approximately 190kg of live animals per person). This global dominance of livestock species in land, water and air use means that the efficient use of these resources by livestock is important and becomingly increasing critical. The health status of livestock has a direct impact on resource use efficiency and effective targeting of mitigation interventions requires the information GBADs will generate.Our doors are always open, and we’re always happy to talk about our programs and services.
In addition, human health assessments, including nutrition, pandemic threats and food-borne disease depend heavily on accurate data on animal populations and their management systems. These are currently not available at sufficient level of detail or resolution – a gap that GBADs will also address.
Nick Lyons, Veterinary Epidemiology Consultant, specialised in Transboundary Animal Diseases. On 26th and 27th February 2020, Nick conducted a workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan with animal health professionals from around the country. The purpose of the workshop was to present the results of a new analysis of the production losses associated with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in… Read more
Ben Huntington, GBADs project manager, took part in a Round-Table Discussion with the subject: Moving Forward through Lessons Learned on Response Actions to Aquatic Animal Disease Emergencies at FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy on 16-18th December 2019. The 45 meeting participants, from 18 countries, worked in government ministries, research institutes, academia and private companies. The participants… Read more
The International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health (ISESSAH) held its first regional meeting for South East Asia in Bogor, Indonesia. The meeting was hosted by Agriculture University Bogor (Institut Pertanian Bogor) and was held on the 17th and 18th October. The meeting, which connected over 100 people from seven different countries,… Read more
William Gilbert presented on the Economic Analysis of Vaccine Use and the Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) at the World Vaccine Congress Europe in Barcelona (28th to 31st October). He showed that economics work completed in the SAPHIR project was based on modelling to fill extensive data gaps, and this kind of analysis could… Read more
In July of this year, the 2019 International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health (ISESSAH) annual conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia, in partnership with the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) annual meeting. In attendance from IGH were Jonathan Rushton (president of ISESSAH), Peregrine Rothman-Ostrow and Joao Afonso. Peregrine gave a… Read more
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