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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  • Animal health

    Veterinary care in remote rural areas of Africa is often inadequate to ensure the optimum health of the herds. It is therefore essential for livestock keepers to create integrated veterinary networks. We encourage private veterinarians to set up a practice in rural areas, we train livestock keepers to become community animal health workers and we support national and local authorities responsible for livestock. This network looks after the health of the animals and raises the farmers' awareness of, in particular, the need for preventive and curative care and the quality and storage of feed.

  • Trade

    In sub-Saharan Africa, 80% of the population lives off livestock farming. It is the principal engine of the local economy. By improving livestock production and access to markets, we fight hunger and poverty. We raise the awareness of livestock keepers to improve hygiene during milking and we support local cooperatives that market dairy products. We encourage agro-pastoralists to use the manure of their animals for their land in order to increase their production of fruit and vegetables. We also support villages in the creation of community banks that grant microcredits to their members for income generating activities.

  • Training

    Thanks to participative and practical training where traditional knowledge is complemented with new insights, the African livestock keepers can better organize their future. They learn how to recognize and treat diseases; they learn how to read, write, and count; they learn how to negotiate, to keep accounting records; they learn the best way to nourish their animals; they learn how to increase their animal production…

  • Women

    Women play an important role in the local economy and the family, but in a number of African countries, they do not have the chance to fully develop themselves. The roles of men and women are strictly defined, including within livestock keeping. For certain animals, women have a right of ownership, for others, only a right of use. We support women by increasing their dignity and their economic independence via livestock keeping with, among other things, microcredit, training, and the distribution of small livestock.

  • Animals

    Large animals (cows, camels and donkeys) and small animals (goats, sheep, pigs, poultry, guinea-pigs and rabbits) are a source of food and income. They play a predominant role in food security and the local economy, and have an important social role, among others, in religious dowries and celebrations. Large animals are used for transport and constitute a ploughing force. Animals provide manure for growing crops in the fields. When people lose their herd, they lose their pride, their culture, their savings, and their food. By caring for the cattle and by increasing their production, together with the local population, we fight hunger and poverty.

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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Africa: for a brighter future!

Geschreven door Joep van Mierlo on 10 July 2013

Our director Joep van Mierlo went to Central Africa to visit our projects. He wrote a blog post. "For the first time in nearly two weeks I did find some time to write something down. After a long time of administrative priorities and lucky enough still also some technical and organizational workshops in Brussels and in the field, I was once again and even for a good two weeks really 'in the field' to visit the projects."

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A sheep for Mother's Day

22 April 2013

Mother's Day is fast approaching, a day where we dote upon our mothers and shower them with all our love. But did you know that thanks to a few sheep, a mother in eastern Congo will be able to enjoy her Mother's Day too?

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Your support has changed lives in 2012

13 March 2013

Your contribution to a healthy and productive livestock in Africa bears fruit. In 2012, your support allowed thousands of children and their families in Africa to fight against malnutrition and to face drought, conflicts, and weakening of their animals.

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Three rabbits make a big difference

19 February 2013

In eastern Congo, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium distributes rabbits to vulnerable families. Several rabbits make it possible for these households to overcome poverty. In fact, the rabbits are a source of food and income. Thanks to the sale of rabbits, families can buy other food, essential for a balanced diet, and can pay medical and school expenses.

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