Creation of better targeted animal health and productivity interventions by improving the availability of livestock performance data and analytical tools with the goal of enhancing the welfare of poor livestock keepers.
In 2015 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Agricultural Development team set its 2020 goals for livestock productivity. One of the major contributors to low productivity in the BMGF geographies is animal mortality, caused by high incidence of disease and, reproductive losses. This in turn leads to losses in household assets and income for smallholder livestock keepers.
While we have existing methods to control disease and reduce mortality, it has become apparent that there are limited relevant data on the status of animal health by location, and mortality rates in the livestock holdings of the lower and middle income countries.
In addition, the BMGF Agricultural Development team has acknowledged that there is no structured way to access livestock data to monitor and evaluate the progress made by BMGF grantees and other partners.
In order to address the above issue, SEBI, a 3-year project based at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK was initiated in May 2016. The core objectives of SEBI are as follows:
- Reduce cattle mortality, disease and reproductive losses in 3 BMGF target countries (Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania).
- Strengthen and integrate systems to prioritize, align and track outputs and outcomes of BMGF livestock investments in target countries.
Active partnerships are critical to all of the SEBI programmes and their deliverables. Our partners to-date include Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Tableau, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), University of Glasgow UK, University of Ilorin, Nigeria and University of Guelph Canada, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), GALVmed and BAIF Development Research Foundation, India.