By supporting local poultry farming in Mali, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium contributes to strengthening the leadership capacities of women.
Only 30 kilometres from the Nigerian capital Niamey, you arrive in a very remote area and you get the feeling being in the middle of nowhere: no houses, routes or cars (only a group of giraffes who passes by very gracefully). But, unlike what you may expect, all the bars on the cell phone are visible: optimal reception.
‘Smiling faces and milk moustaches, three times a week this scenario is guaranteed in the refugee camp’, explains Hama Boureima Dicko from Vétérinaires Sans Frontièrs Belgium in Burkina Faso. ‘We buy milk from local diaries and afterwards we transport it to the refugee sites. It’s a way of supporting two groups at the same time: the refugees and the local woman who are in charge of the milk production.’
On Monday, April 18th, Edward Loure received the Goldman Environmental Prize for his longstanding dedication to land rights in Tanzania. Loure, a Maasai herder himself, works for Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT), a local NGO with whom Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium fights for land rights of Maasai pastoralists. Thanks to their pioneering work in northern Tanzania, pastoralists now have legal certainty about their traditional access to land.
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.
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!
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.
Those of you who visit the Facebookpage of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium regularly have probably noticed already that a camera crew was working in Karamoja, Uganda. They were shooting scenes for the VTMKzoom-show “Beestig!”. The unique – and often hilarious – sequences will be broadcast by VTMKzoom in November, but here we give you an exclusive look behind the scenes.
On the Burundian countryside poverty prevails: 7 out of 10 inhabitants are hungry. Children are only eating a poor meal twice a day. Due to the high population density there is a shortage of fertile ground and thus food is scarce. Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium wants to do something to improve this situation. That’s why we started a development program in Burundi in 2014.
Building latrines can be a good solution. A latrine is probably even one of the best solutions. But why is the construction of latrines one of those development projects that so often seem to fail? The examples are plenty: toilet constructions that are so nice that they are now being used as the office of a local politician; latrines that are locked, except when the NGO visits them because “it is Josephine’s toilet!”; the community who has built a nice latrine, or so it seems, until you open the door and you see there is not even a hole -they only wanted to please the donor… So, it is not about latrines. It is all about poo-poo.