In East Africa, small farmers produce an estimated 70% of poultry and 80% of dairy products. Yet between diseases, misinformation about fake products, and misdiagnoses, livestock farmers there face hefty challenges. In 2017, Elanco (then a unit of Eli Lilly) set up the East Africa Growth Accelerator with the help of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its mission: to create a steady supply of affordable veterinarian products (as well as accurate information) for farmers across Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. Four years and a spinoff from Eli Lilly later, Elanco is on track to help nearly 240,000 farmers treat millions of chickens and cows through EAGA by 2022. The initiative has been both sustainable and profitable, so much so that Elanco incorporated EAGA into its business operations at the start of 2021.
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