The powerful trends of human population growth, a rising middle class in developing markets, and a steady migration of people from rural communities to urban centers, are driving demand for animal sources of protein in daily food choices. At the same time, the world’s farmers are challenged by limited natural resources, more frequent outbreaks of infectious diseases, and other constraints. This creates opportunities for innovation that lead to new animal health solutions.
Access to modern veterinary care matched by an understanding of contemporary animal health and husbandry protocols can help create a pathway for farmers in rural communities of developing countries to make their way from subsistence to productivity and profitability.
Zoetis supports programs and projects that help educate small-scale farmers about modern animal health and husbandry practices, provide the technical support needed to help them move from subsistence to self-sufficiency and onto increasing productivity and profitability.
Through ALPHA Initiative Zoetis Seeks to Help Livestock Farmers Improve Sustainable Production in Sub-Saharan Africa
Zoetis is leading the African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement (A.L.P.H.A.) initiative to develop veterinary diagnostic networks and animal health infrastructure in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda. Announced in May 2017, this initiative, supported by a US$14.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over three years, will enable Zoetis to develop veterinary laboratory networks and outreach services to increase the availability of local veterinary medicines and services; implement sustainable disease diagnostics; and strengthen local veterinary expertise.
As one of the most rapidly developing regions in the world, Sub-Saharan Africa is also home to some of the largest livestock populations in the world – and the highest density of impoverished livestock farmers. Livestock are an essential asset to rural communities and the health of livestock is critical to achieving food security in areas of exceptionally high animal and human disease incidence. Zoetis will combine its leadership in animal health and experience in forging broad collaborations in emerging markets to accelerate the advancement of animal health in the region. Access to medicines and technology will help farmers raise healthier animals and secure more sustainable revenue, which is critical to the economic development of the region and well-being of its population.
Ganaplan Helps Raise Cattle Health Standards in Colombia
The Zoetis team in Colombia has been operating GANAPLAN, which helps cattle farmers track the sanitary status, costs and return on investment of their businesses, since 2013. With a current reach of 40 farmers, this program provides each farmer with a complete analysis of their business, including testing for reproductive diseases. The information collected allows Zoetis to give targeted advice to farmers so they can make better decisions, providing them with the opportunity to grow their businesses.
Supporting the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines
Zoetis has been a key partner in organizing and launching the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to veterinary vaccines and medicines to help protect the health of livestock and improve human lives. In so doing, GALVmed strives to improve 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. We support the work of 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. Zoetis veterinary experts advise on how to develop and commercialize vaccine products in Africa and Asia and to forge distribution partnerships.
Creating Smart Villages in Egypt
Through the Smart Villages partnership, Zoetis works to enhance the capacity of veterinarians who serve small agricultural villages in Egypt. These communities 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. Zoetis also sponsors a day for livestock owners to attend a seminar and have their animals examined.