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Research Evidence for Policy

Policy Brief


Monday, 12th October, 2020

Good farming practices are essential to ensuring safe and adequate livestock production and livelihoods of farmers. Following structural adjustment policies in Ghana, the veterinary services are failing to meet the increasing services demands of farmers. Due to disease epidemics and this veterinary services supply shortfall, farmers are self-treating animal diseases with drugs without veterinary advice and are increasingly reporting mortality and losses of their livestock. These losses reduce farmers’ productivity and incomes, and lead to increased stress, depression and anxiety in affected farmers. Interventions that address the high performance of veterinary services can improve the mental health of farmers, and the quantity and safety of animal products. 

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