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Livestock disease policies: Building bridges between animal science and economics

In June 2013 the OECD organised the conference Livestock disease policies: Building bridges between animal science and economics. This conference focused on how economics, working together with animal sciences, can contribute to a comprehensive and efficient management of livestock disease risks.

The four key themes covered were: 1) how to generate a constructive dialogue to reduce and manage uncertainties; 2) the economic assessment of the impacts of animal diseases and control measures; 3) the impact of policy on economic incentives for animal keepers and the food system; and 4) policymaking and communication in an uncertain world. One broad recommendation states that economists, epidemiologists and policy makers need to communicate clearly with each other to ensure better policies for managing livestock diseases. All presentations and proceedings are available online.

http://www.lcirah.ac.uk/node/139

http://www.oecd.org/tad/agricultural-policies/livestock-diseases-2013.htm

(LCIRAH, 12/2013)