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Livestock health

November 6, 2023

Here is our theme pack for November, this time all about livestock health. Many rural farmers have poor or even no access to veterinary services and medicines, and may be unaware of the value of preventative health care. Use these resources to learn and promote animal health and the services offered by veterinary paraprofessionals.Veterinary paraprofessionals help farmers…

Preventive livestock healthcare and veterinary paraprofessionals

October 16, 2023

Introduction In many countries across sub-Saharan Africa, it can be difficult for farmers to access animal health services. The overall number of veterinarians remains low, and they are more likely to be located in urban areas. Unfortunately, there are also many untrained persons or “quacks” offering services and many illegal veterinary drugs available on the…

Questions about veterinary paraprofessionals

October 11, 2023

Suggested questions for private sector veterinary paraprofessionals Please introduce yourself and explain what you do in your work as a VPP. Please tell us about the type of farming communities you typically engage with. Please tell us about the range of services you provide to both women and men farmers. What aspects of your work…

Veterinary paraprofessionals and animal health

October 3, 2023

Spot #1: Why is preventive livestock care so important? SFX: CHICKENS CLUCKING, WINGS BEATING. UNDER VOICES.   FATIMA: (CALLING) Who’s there? Oh, it’s you, Hajara. My VPP of life! I can’t thank you enough for your help last month.  HAJARA: (CHEERFUL) Sannu (hello). Good morning, Ms. Fatima. I hope all is well. I’m here to see…

What the new rules for animal health technicians in South Africa mean for AHTs and farmers

September 8, 2023

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC UP, THEN FADE OUT HOST:                                                Hello and welcome to today’s program, discussing the new rules governing the work of animal health technicians in South Africa, also referred to as para-veterinarians. In this radio script, we will hear from five resource persons who explain how the recent rule changes are expected to affect…

Preparing feed for local chickens in agroecological ways

October 21, 2022

HOST: Hello, listener, and welcome to today’s program. While the genetic make-up of local chickens is one factor that influences the quality of their meat and eggs, another factor is the type of feed they eat. This is one of the factors that differentiates local chickens from other breeds of chickens, including improved chickens. Whether…

Cattle, chickens, and goats

September 12, 2022

Here is our theme pack of FRI resources for September, this time about three key types of domestic livestock. This theme pack includes eight items from our Resource Packs: five interview scripts, two backgrounders, and one issue pack. It also includes six Barza Wire Farmer stories, and a few translations in Amharic, Hausa, and Swahili….

Raising rabbits, snails, quail, and guinea fowl

April 25, 2022

This month’s theme pack includes 9 items from our Resource Packs, including two backgrounders, four interview scripts, and two dramas. It also includes seven Barza Wire Farmer stories. Backgrounders and issue packs Raising guinea fowl for food and income Raising guinea fowl Interviews Raising snails for food and profit Raising rabbits for meat and profit:…

Effects of climate change and animal disease on dairy farming in Zambia

July 14, 2021

HOST: In today’s program, we discuss the effects of climate change and animal diseases on small-scale dairy farmers. How have dairy farmers been affected by climate change? What is being done to mitigate or adapt to the impacts of climate change? And what type of animal diseases are prevalent and what is being done to…

Poultry and small ruminant vaccine availability and effectiveness

March 16, 2021

HOST: In this program, we will talk about poultry and small ruminant diseases. What are the most common poultry and small ruminant diseases? What is their impact on poultry and small ruminant farms? Which treatments are available for these diseases and how effective are they? Are treatments and vaccines accessible for average farmers? To answer…