sowing the seeds
fighting climate change

In Africa, millions of people survive by their livestock. Yet veterinary care is often insufficiently available. When farmers lose their herds to disease, drought or conflict, they lose everything: their pride, their culture, their savings and their livelihood. By helping to care for livestock and improve production, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium supports local populations in their struggle against hunger and poverty.

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  • Training

    In order to create a support base in Belgium for small-scale livestock farming and food sovereignty, we first of all make consumers aware that they should eat less meat, of higher quality and produced locally in a way that respects people, animals and nature. Secondly, we sensitize veterinary medicine and agronomy students, large-scale meat and milk producers and vets to produce more sustainably, with more respect for animal well-being and environment. Thirdly, we lobby Belgian and European politicians in order to integrate small-scale livestock farming into their climate, development cooperation, food sovereignty and agriculture policies.

  • Environment

    Climate change is increasingly responsible for damage on the African continent with prolonged droughts and devastating rains. Water and pastures are scarce. We support local water and pasture management committees which build and maintain water points above and below ground and assure compliance with respect to pasture agreements. The communities also create firebreaks to prevent fires destroying hundreds of hectares of grassland. They also build livestock 'corridors' to prevent transhumance from damaging forest and agricultural areas.

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium is looking for a new Director (m/f)

06 April 2016

After 7 years of enthusiastic and committed work within Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, our General Director, Joep van Mierlo, has decided that it is time for a change in his career. “ I need a new challenge to keep my focus and energy,” says Joep. As from the 1st of June, he will be joining the Center for Development Innovation at the Wageningen University (his Alma Mater), in the Netherlands, where he will develop the livestock branch of the Center.

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Slaughter without stunning

25 September 2015

With the Sacrifice Feast in prospect, stakeholders from different corners of civil society have voiced their opinion about the prohibition of slaughter without prior stunning in temporary slaughter places. Due to its thematic and geographic concentration of activities, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium thought it relevant to give some insights concerning the ongoing debate surrounding this practice. Still, the organisation wants to remain neutral and wishes all Muslim communities all over the world a happy Eid-al-Adha!

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Call for solidarity with milk producers

04 September 2015

Agricultural organisations and milk producers' unions from Africa, together with development NGOs, are supporting the European milk producers proposing regulatory measures for the milk market, in order to protect small-scale family farming and guarantee decent income for producers in Europe and Africa.

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Our advertisement for the Solidarity Award 2014

16 July 2014

Every summer the Flemish newspaper De Standaard organizes its competition for the Solidarity Award. Today, we reveal the advertisement Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium sent in for this annual competition for nonprofit organizations.

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In 2013, your support helped people climb out of poverty

31 March 2014 -

“We will build a better future for everyone by giving people the freedom and the power to build a better future for themselves and their families.”  These wise words came from Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.  It is likewise a slogan adopted by Vétérinaires Sans Frontières.  With your support and commitment, thousands of livestock keepers were able to improve their standard of living in 2013.  Here is a brief glimpse into some of the achievements you made possible!

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