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animal nutrition, reporting or diagnosing diseases
and other animal health issues would improve farm
productivity to meet this growing demand.
In my role as a lecturer at Makerere University, I
see more women taking veterinary courses than in
previous years. However, the proportion is still low.
Whereas in Europe, veterinary classes often have up to
80:20 ratios in favor of women; in Uganda - and other
sub-Saharan countries - it is not uncommon for there
to be six or seven men to every woman in a course.
Numbers are improving, though. When I qualified
as a veterinarian, I was one of only three women in
my class; there were around 40 men. The class behind
us didn't have a single woman, and the one after them
had one. There are 15 women to 70 men in my current
class, which is very positive to see.
However, even when qualified, women veterinarians can face opposition, and men often receive better
opportunities. Women must prove their skills and
knowledge, and only then is acceptance more forthcoming. The more women we can train in animal
health, the sooner it will become commonplace for
gender to be insignificant in livestock management and
other roles. We need to move on in society from seeing

some roles, such as vets, as being for men and others,
including nurses and secretaries, as being for women.

Support welcomed
In my role as president of the Uganda Veterinary
Association, I work with a leading animal health
company, Zoetis, and its African Livestock Productivity
and Health Advancement (ALPHA) initiative. The fiveyear initiative, funded by a US$14 million grant from the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to improve access
to animal health education and infrastructure in Ethiopia,
Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, and pays particular attention to ensuring training is accessible to women.
ALPHA's focus in training and education efforts
means that half of the people trained under the initiative
are women. Over the first two years of the project, more
than 420 women - 38% of the total who have received
training - have benefited from the initiative in Uganda
alone. They have been able to use their knowledge to the
advantage of animal health and society more widely.

How to increase African egg production,
consumption: www.WATTAgNet.com/
articles/35352

The initiative's emphasis on involving women
is not just a one off; it is shown throughout Zoetis.
The company has been named one of the 2019 Top
Companies for Executive Women by the National
Association for Female Executives in the U.S.
Increasing the number of women educated in
the agricultural sector, specifically vet training,
provides an opportunity to boost animal health and
the general well-being of society by reducing the
incidence of disease and improving the quality of
the meat produced. ■

Baluka Sylvia Angubua is president of the Ugandan Veterinary Medical Association and a lecturer at the
College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security, Makerere University, Uganda.
September 2019 ❙ www.WATTAgNet.com

Courtesy Zoetis

Baluka Sylvia
Angubua, lecturer at
Makerere University
and president of the
Uganda Veterinary
Association, argues
that training women
in animal nutrition,
reporting or
diagnosing diseases
and other health
issues, would improve
farm productivity,
helping to meet rising
demand. Courtesy Zoetis


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Poultry International - September 2019
Contents
Editor’s Comment
Italy’s poultry producers saw mixed results in 2018
Marketing poultry products to younger generations
African poultry health scheme aiding women, society
Poultry Africa 2019 to address rapidly changing consumption
Why providing choices is key for poultry breeders
Cobb’s New Zealand facility now serving Asia-Pacific
Blockchain technology has big potential beyond transparency
7 cage-free layer nutrition issues that require attention
Processing considerations key to poultry meat quality
Products
Advertisers’ Index
Marketplace
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Poultry International - September 2019 - Editor’s Comment
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Poultry International - September 2019 - Italy’s poultry producers saw mixed results in 2018
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Poultry International - September 2019 - Marketing poultry products to younger generations
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Poultry International - September 2019 - African poultry health scheme aiding women, society
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Poultry International - September 2019 - Poultry Africa 2019 to address rapidly changing consumption
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Poultry International - September 2019 - Why providing choices is key for poultry breeders
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Poultry International - September 2019 - Cobb’s New Zealand facility now serving Asia-Pacific
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Poultry International - September 2019 - Blockchain technology has big potential beyond transparency
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Poultry International - September 2019 - 7 cage-free layer nutrition issues that require attention
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