Final report on pilot Ethnovet Project in Ghana (2019–23)

The Misereor-funded pilot project “Promoting Ethnoveterinary Medicine for Sustainable Animal Husbandry Practices in Northern Ghana” (Ethnovet Project) started in October 2019 and continued until May 2023. It sought to improve the health and productivity of livestock kept by male and female small-scale farmers through increased recognition and use of ethnoveterinary medicine (EVM) as a complementary and integral part of veterinary services in northern Ghana. It looked at both traditional practices and innovations in EVM and involved joint research by farmers and scientists.

The project was carried out in four districts in northern Ghana by the Prolinnova–Ghana host organisation ACDEP in partnership with the Animal Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Veterinary Services Department of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Central Veterinary Laboratory Pong-Tamale, the Center for Plant Medicine Research and the Animal Science Department of the University for Development Studies in Tamale. The Swiss Public and Tropical Health Institute backstopped the local project-implementation team.

In this 30-page end-of-project report, the Ethnovet Project coordinator Foster Awuni describes the context, the stakeholders involved, the activities carried out and outputs generated, the challenges addressed, the extent to which project objectives were achieved, and the lessons learnt for a follow-on EVM project. The report draws upon the project monitoring and evaluation system, self-evaluation by project stakeholders and an external evaluation of the project in late 2022.

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