Promoting small-scale farming in the southern countries: a stake for fighting poverty and for food security of next generations.
Since 2003, some members if the VSF Europa netowork started talking of a common action of development education, to be held in network also with their Southern partners (in Africa, Middle East and Latin America) to realize new tools for sensitization. These tools were meant to be used both in Europe and in the other countries involved. After few months for agreeing on a concept, 4 associations came to build a partnership: AVSF, SIVtro, VetAid and VSF Belgium, with associated members also in Brazil, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Tanzania and Iran, in addition to many other European associations.
Eventually, the idea turned into project, it was submitted to the EC and approved in 2006. The project started in March 2007 and lasted 36 months.
Livestock and climate change: the key role of small scale livestock farmers
The second project run jointly by VSFE members has been held in the period 2011-2013. It had a strong social networking component, aiming at fuelling debate and exchange among livestock people. Small Scale Livestock Farming was still at the core of the action, which focuses particularly on its relation to Climate Change.
The action was designed to offer to key target publics and EU society new tools and inputs for questioning the current mainstream ideas spread about livestock and its impact on climate change, and thus to recognize the specific role of SSLF in relation to poverty alleviation, food security, health and environment, in the South as well as in the North, in a global view encompassing sustainable development solidarity between peoples and Food Sovereignty.
The goal of the project was to make small scale livestock farming (SSLF) recognised in its role of facilitating adaptation of vulnerable populations to climate change and its mitigation, and to contribute to the consideration of SSLF specificities in (political) debates and climate negotiations.