Livestock fact check webinar

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On June 8 at 10:00 BST join an online discussion to learn about the provenance of popular livestock facts, recognise gaps in knowledge, and get up to speed on the latest figures.

We’re digging into the evidence behind commonly cited livestock facts and figures to better understand their origins, calculations and context. This webinar will launch a new series of factsheets investigating the most widespread claims.

Facts checked (so far):

  • Livestock and livelihoods: Do livestock support the livelihoods of around one billion poor people globally?
  • Livestock and economy: Does the livestock sector make up 40% of total agricultural GDP globally?
  • Livestock and human disease: Of emerged human disease epidemics, have 75% really been of animal origin? And overall, are 60% of human pathogens of animal origin?
  • Livestock disease eradication: Did global eradication of Rinderpest bring billions of dollars of benefits

During the webinar, a panel of experts will share their perspectives and ideas for tackling the livestock data gap.

Professor Andy Peters, Director (Supporting Evidence Based Innovations, University of Edinburgh)

Gareth Salmon, Researcher (Supporting Evidence Based Innovations, University of Edinburgh)

Harriet Kasidi Mugera, Economist, Survey Unit, Development Data Group (World Bank)

Shirley Tarawali, Assistant Director General (International Livestock Research Institute - ILRI)

Gilbert Nakweya, Journalist (SciDev.net Sub-Saharan Africa)

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