Climate change is increasingly responsible for damage on the African continent with prolonged droughts and devastating rains. Water and pastures are scarce. We support local water and pasture management committees which build and maintain water points above and below ground and assure compliance with respect to pasture agreements. The communities also create firebreaks to prevent fires destroying hundreds of hectares of grassland. They also build livestock 'corridors' to prevent transhumance from damaging forest and agricultural areas.
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.
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.
“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!
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.
Within the Lakes State (central South Sudan), many children are seriously undernourished and victims of a conflict that has raged throughout the country for many years. A lot of children have fled; some of them have seen their parents killed in front of them... Despite the recent independence of South Sudan, peace still remains fragile.