We are coming to the end of 2022, and it has been a rich year, both in the regions in Africa where we intervene and in Belgium. These images offer a reminder of some of the milestones of the past year.
The plight of internally displaced livestock keepers in Burkina Faso
For the past ten years, Burkina Faso has been the host country for hundreds of thousands of Malians fleeing from the insecurity in their country. Now, however, the population of Burkina Faso is also being forced to leave everything behind to escape from the violence. Hamado Ouedraogo, our Operations Director in Burkina Faso, explains how our teams help them, and how they continue their work in spite of everything in critical regions such as Sebba, Djibo and Dori.
A digitised information system to revolutionise transhumance in the Sahel
Faced with growing insecurity and a disrupted climate, livestock keepers in the Sahel often find themselves on the front lines. Thanks to our digitised information system, they have access to reliable and up-to-date information about security and pastures. That enables them to make the best decisions for the transhumance of their herds.
Transhumance information system
Discover the relevance and functioning of our digital information system for transhumant livestock keepers in the Sahel.
Pastoralism, the future in food production
Find out in a few minutes how pastoralists manage to use climate and environmental variability to produce food in a sustainable way.
Mitigating the ongoing crisis in the Sahel – the key role of pastoralists
Because of their predominance in the Sahel, pastoralists are at the heart of the current crisis. To best support them in this crisis, we call for specific measures for pastoralists, a comprehensive approach to security and development in the Sahel and an update of pastoral policies.
Local milk, an emerging value chain in West Africa.
In West Africa, livestock keeping has been developed essentially in the Sudano-Sahelian area, where it is at the heart of the economy. Mali and Niger are the largest milk producers in the region, with herds numbering close to 10 million animals and cow’s milk production standing at 309 and 486 million litres per year respectively. These countries are also major … Read More
Webinar : Covid-19 and the milk crisis
On the occasion of World Milk Day, we organize a webinar this Friday 29 May on the escalation of the milk crisis in West-Africa and Europe because of the Covid-19 crisis. With European and West-African experts and European MP Michèle Rivasi, we will focus on short- and long-term solutions for milk producers in Europe and West-Africa.
Why mobile phones are indispensable for livestock keepers
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.
Milk moustaches and healthy animals in Malian refugee camp
‘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.’