October 31, 2016
CowTribe, the pioneering startup behind Ghana’s first ever Crowdsourced Livestock Disease Surveillance system is a finalist in Pitch AgriHack 2016. Pitch AgriHack aims at accelerating e-agriculture entrepreneurship for improved livelihoods and food security. It targets startups founded by young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 35 years, from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
Speaking about the selection, Awin Peter, the founder of CowTribe, said: “This is another major high point in what has been amazing year for our initiative. The recognition and numerous applications that the AgriHack competition has attracted confirms that our solution can play a big part in the global fight against infectious diseases that are claiming million of livestock in Africa.”
For the past months, 20 judges went through 152 applications received (from 29 ACP countries), 52 semi-finalists from 16 countries to determine startups which will be named finalists of Pitch AgriHack, a youth e-agriculture startup support program of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). So far more than 20 judges have gone through the applications (two screening processes) to determine the 25 finalists.
CowTribe a social enterprise founded in 2015 and based in Tamale is pioneering a powerful solution which will radically alter the way we respond to infectious diseases in local communities by placing monitoring and reporting power in the hands of smallholder farmers who until now been seen only as victims. CowTribe has developed a simple, farmer-friendly, mobile application that enables millions of farmers to monitor and report real-time suspected livestock disease outbreaks in their communities and quickly report through their mobile phones. What the company does at the backend is to aggregate the data and then provide valuable information back to farmers and veterinarians regarding animal health in their geographic region to enhance their situational awareness and aid prompt response before to avoid catastrophes.
Starting with just farmers in two communities in 2015, CowTribe now operates in 63 communities across two regions in Northern Ghana, linking over 4,000 happy subscribers to critical information that is making local farmers more resilient towards livestock disease outbreaks. The platform currently receive, aggregate and analyse more 200 bits of disease surveillance information from farmers every day and the number keeps increasing month by month.
CowTribe will be participating in the training and pitching sessions in Nairobi, Kenya from 22 – 24 November, 2016 and will have the opportunity to pitch their solutions to development partners and potential investors.