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Hunger and Poverty

The challenges for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse





Globally, 925 million people are undernourished of which 25,000 die each day; that is 1 person every 3.5 seconds. Most of them are children. Hunger threatens more human beings worldwide than Aids, malaria and tuberculosis together. Hunger and malnutrition hamper the physical and mental capabilities. Capacity to learn and produce declines constantly and pushes the affected people further and further into the cycle of poverty.
The main factors for hunger are natural calamities, violent conflicts, lacking agricultural infrastructure and overexploitation of the environment. In recent history financial and economic crises have further contributed to the accelerated pauperisation.


1 in 3 people live on less than 1USD a day. 700 million people living in poverty depend entirely or to a large extent on livestock for their survival. Animals are traded for other basic goods and often represent a savings account. The livestock produces foodstuffs such as milk or eggs; provide meat, wool, leather and fertiliser. Finally, the animals are used for work or transport and in addition play an important socio-cultural role in most rural communities.

What we do

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF-Suisse) works predominantly for and with people who depend on livestock for their livelihoods. VSF-Suisse supports the development of basic veterinary services through training of lay vets, advises livestock holders in the areas of breeding, hygiene and disease prevention and supports them in the production and marketing of their produce. All of those measures lead to improved nutrition of the beneficiaries. The additionally generated income enables the pastoralists to have improved access to health services and education and thus offers a way out of poverty.
The veterinary development organisation works in six African Countries and employs approximately 120 predominantly local people. VSF-Suisse was founded in 1988 as an association with headquarters in Berne, Switzerland and is approved by Zewo.



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