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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Use the search tool on the left to browse through photos, publications, videos and news about livestock and animal health in the global South. Vétérinaires Sans Frontières works on different topics, such as food sovereignty, milk, climate change and One Health. 

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With a group of international experts on human and animal health, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium contributed to a report by the World Bank entitled “Reducing Climate Sensitive Disease Risks”.

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Each year, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium reports on its activities, projects and financial management over the past year. We are thus committed and accountable to our donors, volunteers, employees and partner organizations in Belgium and Africa.

 

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Activity report 2016

Read our activity report for 2016. Each year, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium reports on its activities, projects and financial management over the past year. We are thus committed and accountable to our donors, volunteers, employees and partner organizations in Belgium and Africa.

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Annual report 2015

Read our activity and financial reports for 2015. Each year, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium reports on its activities, projects and financial management over the past year. We are thus committed and accountable to our donors, volunteers, employees and partner organizations in Belgium and Africa.

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Annual report 2014

Please find herewith the activity and financial reports for 2014. Each year, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium reports on its activities, projects and financial management over the past year. We are thus committed and accountable to our donors, volunteers, employees and partner organizations in Belgium and Africa.

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Annual report 2013

Please find herewith the activity and financial reports for 2013. Each year, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium reports on its activities, projects and financial management over the past year. We are thus committed and accountable to our donors, volunteers, employees and partner organizations in Belgium and Africa.

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Annual report 2012

Please find herewith the activity and financial reports for 2012. Each year, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium reports on its activities, projects and financial management over the past year. We are thus committed and accountable to our donors, volunteers, employees and partner organizations in Belgium and Africa.

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Annual report 2011

Please find herewith the activity and financial reports for 2011. Each year, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium reports on its activities, projects and financial management over the past year. We are thus committed and accountable to our donors, volunteers, employees and partner organizations in Belgium and Africa.

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Annual report 2010

Please find herewith the annual report for 2010. Each year, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium reports on its activities, projects and financial management over the past year. We are thus committed and accountable to our donors, volunteers, employees and partner organizations in Belgium and Africa.

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Annual report 2009

Please find herewith the annual report for 2009. Each year, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium reports on its activities, projects and financial management over the past year. We are thus committed and accountable to our donors, volunteers, employees and partner organizations in Belgium and Africa.

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With a group of international experts on human and animal health, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium contributed to a report by the World Bank entitled “Reducing Climate Sensitive Disease Risks”.

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On 14 November 2013 Be-troplive organized a symposium in Brussels on the future of pastoralism, with international speakers.


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On 6 October 2013 Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium took up residence at the children's farm in Wilrijk, Belgium.


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The conference "Livestock and Climate Change: The Key Role of Small-scale Livestock Farmers" was held on September 17.


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On World Milk Day (June 1) the famous Belgian statue Manneken Pis was dressed as a West African livestock keeper and peed milk.


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In December 2012, 3 Belgian farmers and 1 Belgian vet visited Rwanda to exchange experiences on agriculture and livestock farming.


<b>Veterinarian Koen Van den Noortgate looking at a cow</b><b>The Belgian delegation at the heart of Rwandan agriculture</b><b>Belgian farmer Christiane Collinet meets a group of disabled children, who are supported by Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium</b><b>Belgian farmers on Rwandan farmland</b>
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Photographer Tim Dirven went to Rwanda. Did you know that rabbits can help remove a family from poverty?


<b>Community animal health worker Gregoire treats a cow against ticks © Tim Dirven</b><b>Veterinarian Felicien Hishamunda vaccinates the cows of farmer John Babimana © Tim Dirven</b><b>Veterinarian Felicien Hishamunda takes the temperature of a sick calf © Tim Dirven</b><b>Catherine Musaniwabo and her daughter take care of their rabbits © Tim Dirven</b>
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In July 2011, photographer Francesco Zizola went to Turkana to witness the aid brought to livestock keepers by our NGO.


<b>A goat being treated by a community animal health worker in Turkana, Kenya</b><br/>Copyright Francesco Zizola<b>A breeder brings a goat to the community animal health worker</b><br />Copyright Francesco Zizola<b>A Turkana mother with child</b><br />Copyright Francesco Zizola<b>Malnourished children in Turkana</b><br />Copyright Francesco Zizola
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Policy Brief 'Building resilience through livestock'

In Africa, most livestock and agricultural systems are run by families. Family farmers adapt relatively well to changes in their environment. But the number of families coping with stresses, shocks, risks and disasters is constantly growing. Their resilience is under pressure.

Discover in this policy brief how these livestock farmers are affected by those challenges, such as stresses and natural or man-made disasters. By supporting livestock and improving policies, we can strengthen their resilience.

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Policy Brief 'Quality animal health services adapted to pastoralism in Western Africa'

In its fourth Policy Brief, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium gives an overview of the current situation regarding animal health services in Western Africa and makes recommendations to ensure quality services adapted to pastoralists' needs.

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Policy Brief 'One Health, One World? Policies and Perspectives'

The third policy brief of VSF Belgium is dedicated to the concept of One Health, that aims to make the links between human, animal and environmental health become more apparent.

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Policy Brief 'Livestock 2.0: Livestock family farming systems'

A policy brief by VSF Belgium on livestock family farming systems in the global South. 

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Policy Brief 'On the milky way in the global South'

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium presents its policy brief on smallholder dairy production in the global South. 

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Domestic biogas development in developing countries

Based on its assessment study realized in 2013 for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium about domestic biogas in Rwanda, ENEA Consulting produced this methodological guide for domestic biogas project holders in the early stages of setting up projects in developing countries.

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Domestic biogas diffusion in Rwanda - Key learnings for scale up

In 2013, ENEA Consulting conducted a study to assess the opportunity for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium to include domestic biogas energy within its scope of activities in Rwanda. This document compiles feedback from Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium and its local partner IMBARAGA regarding domestic biogas diffusion in Southern Rwanda and key learnings to accelerate biogas diffusion at national level.

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Strengthening resilience to food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel and West Africa

In the Sahel, around 65 percent of the active population works in the agriculture sector. More than half of these are women. Recurring crises pose real concerns for the achievement of sustainable food and nutrition security in the region.

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Briefing Note 'Women pastoralists’ empowerment: supporting positive change'

CELEP collaborated with WISP (World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism), IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) in bringing out a briefing note (4pp) on 'Women pastoralists’ empowerment: supporting positive change'. Examples come from around the world, including Eastern Africa, of how pastoral women regard their own empowerment and how this can be supported.

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Position paper 'Small Scale Livestock Farming and Food Sovereignty'

VSF International's position paper on Small-Scale Livestock Farming and Food Sovereignty. 

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Position paper 'Agroecology and One Health'

VSF International's position paper on Agroecology and One Health. Building a solid and lasting One Health on the basis of Agroecology. 

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Position Paper 'Livestock and climate change'

VSF International's position paper on Livestock and climate change. Going beyond preconceived ideas and recognizing the contribution of small-scale livestock farming facing climate change.

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Study: The Role of Small-Scale Livestock Farming in Climate Change and Food Security

Study conducted by VSF International on the role of small-scale livestock farming in climate change and food security.

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