Ethnovet - Fostering Localism in Animal Health Care

PRADAN is an institution with a mission to enable the most marginalized people, especially rural women, to earn a decent living and take charge of their own lives. We believe that all people, no matter how poor, are capable of driving the change they need.

In line with its commitment, PRADAN, in partnership with the Rainmatter Foundation, envisions a large-scale change encompassing economic progress, ecological sustainability, improved well-being, and reduced inequality. Ethnoveterinary Medicine (EVM) practices is one of the response mechanisms aligned with this perspective, demonstrating how native herbs, natural resources, and indigenous wisdom converge to address various facets of animal health. The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) , few individual experts, and communities have helped to shape this idea to redefine livestock development.

Initial experiences and their benefits are explored in the attached article, “Ethnovet - Fostering Localism in Animal Health Care.” This article delves into the progressive approach of EVM, which not only provides effective and affordable solutions for animal care but also promotes localism and counteracts the indiscriminate use of antibiotics. This can be run by locally trained entrepreneurs to provide livestock services along with enabling ecosystem support . A detail manual is developed to prevent and treat the diseases of major livestock animals.

I invite you to join the conversation and be a part of this journey of sustainable and scalable solutions that positively impact animal health, ecological preservation, and the livelihoods of farming communities.

Article on Ethnovet- PRADAN.pdf (1.5 MB)