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VSF perspectives in livestock issues for the next decades

VSF perspectives in livestock issues for the next decades
Alessandro Broglia, President of VSF Europe

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Alessandro Broglia: VSF perspectives in livestock issues for the next decades Alessandro Broglia: VSF perspectives in livestock issues for the next decades Presentation Transcript

  • Vétérinaires Sans Frontières www.vsfe.org VSF perspectives inlivestock issues for the next decades Alessandro Broglia VSF Symposium, 6th October 2011
  • What do you thinkabout?Rich pastureHealthy cowBeautiful landscapeGood milkFood security !
  • What do you think about?12.3 million people are in need of assistance in the Horn of Africa146 000 people in Djibouti, 4.5 million in Ethiopia, 3.7 million in Kenya,4 million in Somalia.750 000 people in Somalia are at risk of death due to famine
  • Crop failure, farm abandoning, overgrazing, disruption ofnomadic routes, outbreak risks, shortage of food stocks ……..…Ever heard ??
  • WHY?not drought but vulnerability duringdroughtin the semi arid lands >>> repeated food crises.in contrast semi arid lands produce most of thelivestock traded in the region
  • Reality - consciousnessone billion people suffer fromhunger today in the world.two third are living in rural areasand depend non livestock fortheir survival
  • Crises ??Something to which we mustrespond >>> supportOpportunities to promotelong-term preventive measures>>>> preparedness
  • Other drivers toCRISIS26 % higher than inAugust 2010
  • in 2010-2011 rising food costs >>>>70 million people intoextreme poverty (World Bank)
  • WORLD FOOD DAY 2011FOOD PRICES – FROMCRISIS TO STABILITY
  • concepts
  • Food “S”Food security Food safety Food sovereignty
  • Food “S”Food security Food safety Food sovereignty
  • Food SovereigntyFood Sovereignty is the right of every community andevery population to define its own agricultural policies,regarding the choice of the species to be cultivated andbred,the production process,the quality and safety of foods,the energetic implications,the markets,the access to resources,the social and environmental impact of production,the information for the consumers
  • Health One HealthAnimal Eco-HealthHealth Public Health
  • Eco-HealthWe are part of the biosphere rather than the planetbeing the house of humanshealthier ecosystemssustainable human and animal health and wellbeing
  • No borders !!medicine, health, agriculture,environment, economics, sociology,anthropology, geography, … Interface among health-environment-society
  • Wind of change… People Emergingmigration disease Production system Arabic springClimatechange Consumption patterns Drug resistance
  • Why vets ?Vets think across a wide range of speciesVets synthesize information •from many sources (economics, zoology, ecology, medicine) •from many spatial scales (microbial mechanisms, animal behaviour, agri-food systems structures)Vets can talk as easily: •with a farmer •with a government official Vets can shift topics from a single clinical case to the implications of international level
  • Why VSF ? Healthy animals - healthy people• improving livelihoods of most vulnerablemeans improving livestock condition;• reducing poverty by increasing foodsovereignty on the planet. www.vsfe.org
  • World Veterinary Congressin Cape Town next weekCARING FOR ANIMALS:HEALTHY COMMUNITIES www.vsfe.org
  • actions
  • Actions in the SouthVSF supports rural communities, withactivities in the following areas :•Animal health services•Capacity Building•Natural Resources Management•Emergency Relief and Preparedness•Income generation•Awareness raising www.vsfe.org
  • VSF projects milestones• Livelihood oriented• Sustainable development• Participatory approach• Involvement in decision-making process• Raising awareness www.vsfe.org
  • Some figures• Today VSF is :>100 projects distributed over 40 countries• Human ressources :50 employees in HQs, 60 expatriates and 360 local employees.• Totalfinances :> 20 millionsEUROS www.vsfe.org
  • Actions in the NorthVSF implements projects in the North- Developement education projects- Knowledge management- Lobbying- Veterinary Information Service www.vsfe.org
  • VSF Europa tasks• To strengthen VSF members• To gather and share information regarding results and experience in the field (knowledge management)• To sensitize the wider public on the role of the livestock as key factor for sustainable development.• Worldwide advocacy www.vsfe.org
  • Severals VSFs Vetaid VSF Belgium (UK) VSF – TOG DIO Germany (NL) VSF AustriaAVSF France VSF Suisse Veterinarios Sin Fronteras SIVtro – VSF Italy ESP) (IT)
  • More VSFs…. VSF Canada VSF U.S.and newly born: VSF Norway, VSF Czech,……
  • Issues raised in 2009 by VSF …to be discussed
  • ??????•Underdevelopment is the consequence of theover (wrong, unsustainable) development of others•Vet without borders: development is not possibleuntil borders remain.•Commodities move “freely”, people do not.•Why is development aid not working the way wewant?•Is there coherence in development projects?
  • VSF Priorities raised in 2009….to be DONE !!!
  • Priorities•Supporting small farmers or livestock keepersassociations for better access to local markets•Locally focusing long term follow-up of developmentaid actions•Sensitize consumers – targeting them, planningmiddle to long term impact assessment on food market– on food sovereignty•Better coordination among policy makers dealingwith food trade, food security, food safety,development aid
  • Priorities•Stress the comparative advantage: report fieldexperience, facts, working solutions for smallscale farmers•Actions should highlight integration andparticipation of local communities in decisionmaking and crosscutting multi-disciplinary issues(animal health, natural resources mgmt, raisingawareness, …, …)•Provide family farmers with tools, land,credit, technical support, training•The keyword is awareness: in the North and inthe South!
  • Priorities - solutions•From top-down to bottom-up, beneficiaries shouldparticipate in the decision of their own developmentpolicies•Targeting consumers; strengthen the demand forlocal products in the development countries•More transparency and improving accountabilityworldwide
  • Priorities - solutions•Subsidized economies, unprotected markets,deregulated trade make developmentimpossible•Food safety should be taken intoconsideration when intervention of foodsecurity or food sovereignty are planned•Common good practices and commitmentsfor all VSF
  • What about today ? Please say, please do!!
  • Special thanks to VSF Austria for the Gastfreundschaft !! www.vsfe.org
  • THANK YOU for your attention ….and for your support ! www.vsfe.org