Cowtribe secures partnership to expand in West Africa

Cowtribe, a Ghanaian last-mile logistics company has secured a partnership deal with The Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed)  to expand its activities to various parts of Ghana and Nigeria.

The partnership is geared towards a bid to accelerate and improve the availability of animal health medicines and vaccines to smallholder farmers in West Africa.

A statement announcing the partnership noted that ‘Livestock disease remains a critical constraint for smallholders in Africa. It is estimated that the cost of livestock disease in Africa alone exceeds $9 Billion per annum, not including productivity losses or human health impact.

Smallholder farmers are more vulnerable, losing at least 25 percent of their livestock every year. This is because they have higher exposure to disease risks and have less capacity to cope when outbreaks occur”.

The partnership will help address this challenge by address the “weak distribution channels and create a reliable supply of high-quality livestock health products, enabling millions of smallholders in the region to access a basic portfolio of essential animal health products and benefit from significant productivity and livelihood improvement”.

Speaking on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer of Cowtribe, Peter Awin indicated that the partnership has come at a time when was looking to scale up to other regions in West Africa and will play a key role in helping them reach their goal.

He said “Cowtribe’s mission has always been to make life-saving animal vaccines and preventive veterinary care accessible and affordable to farmers at the very last mile in Africa by leveraging the power of technology. We have developed a low-cost, tech-enabled solution that disintermediates the current inefficient supply chains and provides a novel, dedicated supply channel to directly reach smallholder farmers in the remotest places in Africa with quality and reliable livestock inputs”.

On his part, GALVmed’s  Commercial Director, Rick Manlove noted that “GALVmed is committed to accelerating the availability and adoption of high-quality veterinary products that are beneficial for the smallholder farmers in rural areas throughout Africa.”

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