Why livestock data matter in the COVID-19 crisis

The Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community will host a facilitated online discussion for its members to explore data needs and collective responses to COVID-19 in the livestock sector, and consider how livestockdata.org could be developed to best support data and evidence-sharing.

Discussion format: Rapid fire presentations followed by audience discussion


Introduction: What are the key concerns for the livestock sector in LMICs?

Baptiste (Baty) Dungu (CEO, Onderstepoort Biological Products)

How is COVID-19 impacting the African livestock sector and what data is needed to respond and adapt?

Dr. Simplice Nouala (Head of Division of Agriculture and Food Security, African Union Commission)

How do we assess and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the livestock sector in LMICs, particularly value chains, food security and livelihoods?

Ugo Pica-Ciamarra (Livestock Economist, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation)

What data do we need to predict and respond to emerging zoonotic diseases?

Delia Randolph (Professor Food Safety Systems, Natural Resources Institute / Flagship leader, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health / Researcher, International Livestock Research Institute)

Guiding questions for group discussion

  • What actions could we prioritise as a community?
  • How could we make best use of livestockdata.org?
  • What resources would we need to move ahead?