“We have seen phenomenal traction in the past 18 months of our pilot and it is incredible that we are expanding community by community. We intend to launch across Ghana in the coming years. The sole idea is to build emergency platform that can make veterinary health care services available to every farmer, anywhere, anytime. That’s the goal that we have set for ourselves.” –Awin Peter, Co-founder of CowTribe.
CowTribe has already received some recognition. The first was at the British Council Social Innovation Challenge in Dec 2016 in Ghana where it won as the second runners up. It was also selected as one of the 25 finalists at the Pitch AgriHack 2016 tech startup competition last year.
The Shepherd platform combines host of features into one integrated solution platform. The primary feature is a call center, which operates just like 911- but 100% dedicated for livestock emergencies. With a simple call to a short code, the farmer is connected to an operator who will ask a few basic questions and quickly triage the appropriate care for the farmer’s situation. If onsite visit is needed, a visit is immediately scheduled within a promised turn around time of 24hr or less. Access to the national network of both private and public veterinarians and trained animal health volunteers is available around the clock, including holidays. CowTribe has signed up 400+ responders including surgeons, technicians and well trained volunteers who are currently attending to farmers in 97 selected communities in Ghana.
A second tier of the system is an SMS-based portal, which provides real-time, disease outbreak information to farmers who live in the vicinity of an outbreak. Farmer receive an alert from the system warning them of the outbreak and offering practical advice such as what symptoms they should look out for.