Initiated from an N8 AgriFood workshop, the Global Burden of Animal Diseases programme is creating the first systematic process to determine the burden of animal disease globally. Led by N8 AgriFood Chair at the University of Liverpool, Professor Jonathan Rushton, GBADs provides data for evidence-based econometric analysis of animal health policies. It has received support from the World Health Organisation, the Department for International Development in the UK, the Food and Agriculture Organisation for the United Nations and the OIE World Organisation for Animal Health.