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Reaching for the low hanging fruits : one health benefits of joint crop-livestock services for small-scale farmers

Danielsen, Solveig and Kajura, Charles and Mulema, Joseph and Taylor, Robert and Kansiime, Monica and Alokit, Christine and Tukahirwa, Benius and Schelling, Esther. (2019) Reaching for the low hanging fruits : one health benefits of joint crop-livestock services for small-scale farmers. One Health, 7. p. 100082.

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Abstract

The benefits of joint health service delivery remain under-explored in One Health. Plant clinics are known to provide; ad hoc; , undocumented advice on animal health and production to farmers. To understand the scope of this activity, 180 plant doctors (extension workers) in Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Peru and Costa Rica were surveyed and a workshop involving key stakeholders was organized in Uganda. Most (81%) plant doctors regularly received queries from farmers on livestock topics. This shows that the single sectoral approach to service delivery often does not match small-scale farmers' needs. There is growing interest among service providers, ministry officials and researchers to improve integration of farmer services to reduce operational costs and make better use of existing capacities. The workshop supported the proposal for the first 'crop-livestock clinics' to be trialled and evaluated in Uganda. This will inform other countries on the potential of joint services to mixed crop-livestock farming communities.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Human and Animal Health > Mobile Populations and Health (Schelling)
UniBasel Contributors:Schelling, Esther
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier
e-ISSN:2352-7714
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:06 Mar 2019 08:10
Deposited On:06 Mar 2019 08:10

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