Posted by Ramiro Cabral | 09/10/2019
A year on since becoming independent, Elanco’s Ramiro Cabral – Executive Vice President International – celebrates one of the most significant times in the company’s history and looks ahead to the next year.
What a difference a year makes. Just 12 months ago, Elanco Animal Health became an independent company, and today, we’re gaining pace with our ambition to evolve into a leading player in the animal health sphere.
It’s been a year of important milestones; we’ve completed a significant part of our disentanglement from our parent company, making way for growth in the right areas. And we’ve progressed on all three pillars of our IPP strategy – innovation, productivity and portfolio shift– as we continue to drive value to farmers and pet owners by working closely with veterinarians.
We’re working for a society that cares for the well-being of its animals like never before.
We need to. As humans, we’re facing global challenges in physical, mental and environmental health.
Despite abundance in some parts of the world, according to the United Nations, one in every nine people are going hungry. At the same time, an estimated two billion people worldwide don’t have access to the right food, resulting in ‘hidden hunger’ – a lack of important micronutrients.
Secondly, despite the wealth of communication channels we have at our fingertips, social isolation and anxiety are at an all-time high. And thirdly, we must take care of the planet to safeguard the world for future generations.
Could animals be the X-factor to help solve these major issues? Livestock, through milk, meat and eggs, provide us with nutrient-dense foods and critical sources of protein, vital for our health. If we can increase accessibility to these animal products to those who need it most, we can help reduce incidences of disease and improve our health through more nutritious, balanced diets.
Pets enhance both our mental and physical health. The companionship they provide can help ease loneliness, providing real-life connections in an increasingly virtual world. And numerous studies have proven the physical benefits of pets, not least because they force us to be active and help give us that extra sense of purpose.
Our biggest dilemma is, how we are going to cope as our population grows to an estimated 10bn by 2050 ? Right now, one in five animals is being lost to disease. If we can increase animal health and well-being, we can farm more efficiently, better conserve global resources and feed more people the nutritious food they need. Take, for example, a disease called coccidiosis in chickens – when it’s properly controlled the flock’s carbon footprint falls by as much as five per cent, while healthy livestock means greater access to food.
At Elanco, we’re not taking our role lightly. As we launch into our second year as an independent company, we have a clear vision that’s based on much more than share prices.
We are going to take action because we believe animals are essential to our existence. Together, we can tackle these global issues, starting with healthy animals.