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Blending traditional and new animal health solutions to support pastoral livelihoods under climate change

Project Description

The second goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for the global community to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Pastoral communities in middle and low income countries face unique and pressing challenges, in particular the need to adapt management to respond to climate change related threats, and to increase production efficiency without damaging environments that are often particularly sensitive. Challenges include harsher resource constraints (degraded land, erratic and scarce rainfall) and old and new climate-driven animal disease risks. Good solutions will be compatible with and draw upon traditional knowledge and practices.

The project will collect socio-economic characteristics and behavioural aspects of pastoral populations, and data on animal health management from participants in Jordan and Zimbabwe, alongside information on the epidemiology of major endemic animal diseases. Using this information, the project will explore how traditional approaches might be adapted using modern scientific understanding, forming the basis of focal intervention studies. Results will be used to co-create socially, economically and environmentally sustainable solutions for improved animal health and family livelihoods.

Specific skills/experience required by applicants:

The project is multidisciplinary in nature and will require skills in economics, statistics, development studies and animal health science. Previous work in designing surveys a plus. Priority skills for further training will be identified depending on the background of the successful candidate. Willingness to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team is essential.

Funding Notes

Only UK and EU students are eligible to apply. Information on eligibility criteria is available from DfE: View Website

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