The middle class around the world continues to grow, and along with this growth comes an increased demand for animal protein. We support educational programming that helps rural farmers increase meat and dairy production to meet growing demand. This helps bring agricultural development and jobs to disadvantaged communities.
Zoetis supports a range of initiatives that teach people how to raise animals and keep them healthy. We also sponsor projects that educate small-scale farmers about animal health and provide the technical support they need to fight hunger, become self-sufficient and sell their agricultural products.
Our efforts to sustain and enhance agricultural development around the world include dedicated partnerships such as:
The Resource Foundation
We work with The Resource Foundation to help improve living standards and enhance the prospects for impoverished farm families across Latin America and the Caribbean. Zoetis sponsors locally-driven development programs on animal breeding that help build sustainable sources of food and income. We teach subsistence farmers how to improve animal health and hygiene and, in turn, increase productivity, efficiency and profitability. Since 2001, these programs have benefited more than 13,000 low-income farmers and 50,000 members of their extended families in 100 communities across nine countries.
The Goat School Project in Brazil
This program has benefitted more than 1,000 goat-farming families from 19 communities in Brazil’s arid Bahia region and illustrates the impact of our collaboration with The Resource Foundation. The Goat School Project enables small farmers to raise goats and aims to decrease child labor, increase family income, and combat malnutrition. Since the program began in 2001, childhood malnutrition has declined by 47 percent and families have increased their income by 30 percent. In addition, more than 3,000 children have remained in school because their farm labor was no longer needed.
Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines
Zoetis was a key partner in creating and launching the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed), an organization dedicated to improving the health and food security of more than 600 million of the world’s poorest people in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia who rely on farm animals for their livelihoods. Today, we support GALVmed in targeting parasitic diseases affecting cattle in East Africa, poultry throughout the world, and zoonotic diseases, such as trypanosomiasis or African sleeping sickness, that migrate from animals to people.
Farmacias PRO Initiative
Zoetis’s support for this initiative helps rural veterinary pharmacies in Mexico and several other Latin American countries better serve small-scale rural farmers who would otherwise not have access to medicines or education to help protect their livestock.
Food for the Hungry Partnership
Zoetis implemented this partnership to improve the lives of low-income rural families outside Manila, in the Philippines. Our support has helped the community switch from swine to goat-raising, allowing “backyard” farmers to develop viable ways to feed and support their families. Our commitment continues as we provide instruction in goat-raising technology and help “backyard” farmers develop viable ways to feed and support their families.
Through this partnership, Zoetis works to enhance the capacity of veterinarians who serve small agricultural villages in Egypt that have historically had limited access to veterinary services. We support specialized training for veterinarians at Cairo University, and sponsor educational newsletters for village farmers designed to expand their animal health knowledge and connect them with Smart Village veterinarians.