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.
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.
“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!
On April 17th, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium and Street Art Belgium join forces to shed a light on the crucial role of small scale livestock keepers in the global struggle against hunger, poverty and climate change. During an international graffiti event, 10 artists will give their interpretation of an African zebu cow on the Rue Marché aux Herbes in Brussels. Our colleagues in Italy, Czech Republic and France are doing the same. At the end of the day an international jury in Rome will choose one winning graffiti panel and the public will also be able to choose their favorite artwork after one month.
This Friday 5th of April, Estelle, Martin, Lucas, Joke, Julien, our teachers and I met with the Mayor of Huye District, Eugene Muzuka. We then visited Kabutare's agro-veterinary school (EAVK) which from 2001 to 2007 has been a beneficiary of its partnership with Veterinaires Sans Frontieres.
It's Thursday, 4 April. We arrive at a dusty square with low-rise buildings. We stop in front of the 'cabinet vétérinaire'. Vet Alphonse stands behind his counter, next to a rack of products for the treatment of sick animals: worming medicines, antibiotics etc. There is a motorbike covered in mud in front of the store.