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Exploring the impact of global agricultural production and trade on infectious disease risks

Unloading sacks of onions in a farmers market in Bamako, Mali. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Planetary Health Perspective Seminar

The global population is predicted to exceed 9 billion by 2050. Ensuring sustainability of agricultural production and its global supply chains is now a worldwide priority and is a fundamental nexus issue that is vital to meeting a range of development and environmental targets, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and the Paris Agreement.   

In this seminar, Hiral Shah will explore the impact agriculture is having on human infectious diseases and what future policy solutions could entail to improve global health, development and sustainability. This talk is aimed at anyone interested in how upstream drivers (e.g. land use or agriculture) impact human health and sustainability. Researchers, students, physicians, public health practitioners and the general public engaged in infectious disease research, global health or sustainability are all welcome. 

Speaker 

Hiral Shah is a health economist who is interested in quantifying the impacts of upstream drivers (e.g. land use, climate, trade) or interventions and their potential downstream impacts on human health. He is also interested in the use of economic evaluations to assess the cost-effectiveness of public health, environmental or ecological interventions, pharmaceuticals, vaccines and medical technologies. Currently, Hiral is a senior policy analyst in the Global Health programme at the Centre for Global Development (CGD), based in the Europe office. Prior to CGD, Hiral completed a prestigious PhD Scholar at the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London, where he is now still a visiting scholar. He has previously held positions at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Public Health Foundation of India and Bupa Health and Wellbeing UK. He also holds an MSc in Public Health (Health Economics) from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and a BSc Hons in Applied Chemistry from Aston University. 


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