Launched in 2016 and recently named winner of the Ghanaian leg of the Seedstars World competition, Cowtribe enables animal vaccines to be ordered via USSD, text and telephone, as well as through a network of community agents.
The startup sources and aggregates genuine and affordable vaccinations from large suppliers, and works through a network of qualified agents to deliver them to farmers.
Co-founder Peter Awin told Disrupt Africa African farmers lose over $3bn in income annually to livestock diseases.
“While farmers need a constant supply of safe vaccines that could prevent these losses, most of them live in rural and hard to reach places outside of the functional delivery radius,” he said. “Providers lack visibility in order to efficiently coordinate the delivery of services to these farmers. Ultimately, over 70% of livestock vaccines manufactured never make it to the farmers who need them most.”
Cowtribe aims to fix this problem and claims to be the first last mile-focused vaccine delivery platform operating in the livestock sector. “We enjoy a first-mover advantage not just in Ghana but the entirety of Africa,” said Awin. Read more