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.

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Official launch of project EVE

Geschreven door Martin Steel on 02 December 2014

The launch of project ‘EVE’ (Energie Verte & Elevage – Green Energy & Livestock) took place on Tuesday 30th September in Nyamagabe district in Southern Province of Rwanda, with the participation of many invited guests, including local and national dignitaries, representatives of VSF Belgium’s partners from local and international NGOs, including IMBARAGA (VSF’s main local partner), and the representative from the Belgian embassy in Kigali.

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This journey changed us

Geschreven door Move with Africa on 01 April 2014

Move with Africa is an action meant for the young. Interculturality, world citizenship, north-south relations; these are the themes that the action initiated by Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique takes on, in partnership with ten development cooperation actors, the Belgian ministry of Development Cooperation, and the ministry of Education of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Within the scope of this project, Pauline describes her stay in Rwanda with Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium.

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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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“An experience that leaves food for thought”

10 March 2014 -

After having slept a little longer than usual, with great cheer among the majority of us, we lunch quietly in Kigali before a debriefing. The general opinion is that all seems almost perfect. Martin, who works for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, learned some French expressions that he is fond of using…

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Last day in Butare

Geschreven door Move with Africa on 07 March 2014

After buckling our bags (yes, it is already the last day in Butare), we take the road for Nyanza where the group separates once again. We follow a veterinarian who goes by the name of Félicien whilst the others will provide assistance on a deworming campaign. Félicien, his large white coat, and material, embark on his motorbike. We leave to assist and even take part in the various care given: internal deworming, gestation diagnoses, and dehorning. Not bad, eh?

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