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Utilization and efficacy of veterinary services to small-scale and subsistence farmers in Zimbabwe/The influence of socio-demographic and epidemiological factors

Pamela WOODS researcher laureate
pwoods2@hotmail.com

°1964 Zimbabwe
Master's in large animal clinical sciences, Michigan State University, United States, 1992

Utilization and efficacy of veterinary services to small-scale and subsistence farmers in Zimbabwe/The influence of socio-demographic and epidemiological factors

Cattle-farming makes a significant direct and indirect contribution to food supply in Africa. Despite the importance of animal health in food production, the provision of veterinary services remains problematic in many rural areas. The provision of veterinary services in rural Africa is the subject of various academic publications. Dr Pamela Woods’ thesis contributes considerably to this subject, as she looks in detail at the specific socio-demographic and epidemiological factors which can influence the specific demand of the type of health care. Among other points, the influence of transactional cost, the relationship between cattle owner and service provider and the level of education and the sex of both the cattle owner and the service provider on the demand for veterinary care are studied and clarified here. Through the analyses of field data, the complexity of the demand for veterinary care among small-scale subsistence cattle farmers is demonstrated. In the process, various paradigms are broken down, and the importance of an objective analysis of the local circumstances is demonstrated. Finally, institutional structures are described which can simplify decision-making, and hence promote the provision of veterinary care. 

report by Dr Peter Van den Bossche, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium