AVSF – Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières – invites you to attend the International Livestock Trade Fair (the SPACE exhibition in Rennes, September 13-16, 2012), because livestock farming is essential to helping feed the planet.
Defending smallholder crop and livestock farming
AVSF and its regional delegation in Brittany will be in attendance at the SPACE exhibition in Rennes, which will run from September 13 to 16, 2012. AVSF is looking forward to presenting its projects and informing visitors about the reasons why the association defends smallholder crop and livestock farming. With 35 years of experience working with smallholders in developing countries, AVSF has a thorough understanding of the condition of smallholders, the challenges they face, and the concrete improvements that have been made over the years.
René Bleuzen, a former livestock farmer in Brittany who now volunteers for AVSF as the association’s regional representative in Brittany, will be there to greet you and to tell you about the various projects that AVSF is carrying out on the ground.
The world needs livestock farming
According to estimates of future demographics, global demand for animal proteins will increase by 50% between now and 2050. In poor rural areas, livestock farming is an absolutely fundamental source of food. Animals also provide milk, hide, wool, manure, and are used as draft animals. Clearly, they are extremely valuable to smallholder families.
Since livestock farming is an essential part of the daily lives of rural families, AVSF works to support this activity in several different ways:
- developing livestock farming and animal health,
- increasing the economic value of the products of crop and livestock farming,
- ensuring that natural resources are preserved and managed in a sustainable way,
- helping smallholder and livestock farmers adapt to climate change,
- carrying out advocacy activities in both the South and the North.
Christophe LEBEL // 01 43 94 73 48