ICAR Project, Animal Disease Economics

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Assessment of the economic impact of animal diseases is very important for informed decision-making on the appropriate interventions that can be used to mitigate the disease burden on various stakeholders. The project intends to assess the economic impact of three priority animal diseases namely peste-des-petits ruminants (PPR), Hemorrhagic Septicemia (HS) and Brucellosis and the cost-effectiveness of their control strategies in India. Initial evaluations were conducted in 2019-20 to show the economic impact of PPR and the financial losses incurred by farmers and different value chain actors (traders and retailers).

Objectives:
-    Development of an integrated epidemiological-economic framework through participatory system dynamics modelling that can be used to quantify economic and non-economics of animal disease and its control strategies under different scenarios;
-    Application of the framework to assess the impacts of PPR in different regional settings;
-    Understanding of social and gendered underpinnings associated with animal disease control and management strategies
-    Application of the framework to other diseases;
-    Institutionalization of epidemiological-economic approaches to inform policy and decision-making.