Farmers are the lifeline of our local food system. When farmers suffer losses, food becomes expensive, hunger becomes widespread and public health is endangered. We must therefore cherish and protect our farmers.
Pest and diseases are a major source of concern to farmers. According to CGIAR, “Every year billions of dollars worth of crops, livestock and fishery are lost to pests and diseases”. This problem not only destroys livelihoods of farmers but affects nutrition for millions of citizens and also public health.
Our mission is to help farmers defeat pest and diseases.
At Vetsark, we believe farming is a vital economic activity that contributes meaningfully to zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, decent jobs and public health.
This belief inspired us to leverage the power of data science to equip farmers and help them defeat pest and diseases. We achieve this by collecting and analyzing clinical and farm level data and using that to inform farmers to make better decisions around pest and disease prevention and management.
We are working hand in hand with veterinarians to collect disease report data which are then used for supporting livestock farmers.
Dr. Kayode Femi (Co-founder & CEO) is an expert veterinary doctor and surgeon with 10+ years’ of experience in the animal healthcare and public health space. Dr. Kayode has worked with thousands of farmers across Nigeria and is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and pursued his M.Sc (Pharmacology & Toxicology) at University of Abuja. He sold his first two veterinary businesses profitably. Dr. Kayode is a highly respected veterinarian in the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association and has worked with leading livestock firms in Nigeria.
Mene Blessing (Co-founder & COO) is an expert social entrepreneur and scientist with background in agriculture, chemistry and livestock food formulation. Blessing has 10+ years’ of experience working with livestock and crop farmers across Nigeria and is a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University. He has been honored by Ashoka, University of Cambridge, and Global Good Fund and many others for his business acumen and livestock feeds innovation which also won him several international awards and local honors from Global Good Fund, University of Washington, UC Berkeley, Prof. Pat Utomi, International Youth Foundation among others.