WELL-COW: Tackling tick-borne disease in smallholder dairy farms in Tanzania with low-cost animal sensing


GCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards Round 2





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About the project

UK-registered Partner: SRUC – Dr Carol-Anne Duthie
Africa-registered Partner: Tanzanian Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI) – Aluna Chawala

This project focuses on solving a Tanzanian Agri-Food problem where Tick-Borne Disease (TBD) has devastating impacts on animal health/welfare and sustainability of smallholder dairies. Through a series of qualitative interviews, focus groups and stakeholder engagement activities we aim to:

  • (i) evaluate the financial impacts of TBD on smallholder dairy farmers,
  • (ii)understand the appetite for a technological solution;
  • (iii)calculate financial implications of low-cost sensor systems versus current expensive practices;
  • (iv) explore available infrastructure and technological capabilities of smallholders;
  • (v) identify barriers to technology-uptake and training requirements;
  • (vi) explore routes-to-market and work alongside UK technology providers to develop a robust business plan.

Learn more about the project in this recording from our recent GCRF AgriFood Africa Project Showcase event.


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