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.

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

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.’