On September 25th 2015, countries from all over the world adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The effort was coordinated by the United Nations, and Canadian progress in meeting those goals has been chosen as one of the themes for International Development Week this year.
There are a lot of goals – 17 in all – and the work of Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières contributes to many of them. Here are a few of the key ones.
No Poverty. This is central to our international work. By helping smallholder farmers produce more and better food, through livestock or crops, we are helping to create dignified, self-sufficient lives.
Zero Hunger. Hunger and malnutrition have terrible, long term consequences. Our work with livestock provides food security by reducing dependence on crops, and offers dietary protein which is essential for good health and proper development of children.
Good health and well-being. Enough of the right kind of food is essential for good health in people of all ages.
Gender Equality. In many cultures animals are one of the few assets that women own and control and the food and income from them provides women with income, independence, and security.
Responsible consumption and production. Our work helps small farmers raise animals in a sustainable and responsible manner.
Life on land. This one is about ensuring the future productivity of the land. Our work helps farmers understand how to raise livestock without causing erosion or damaging water sources, and helps them improve the productivity of the land by effectively using animal manure.
The Sustainable development goals present an ambitious agenda for international development, but they are achievable if we all do our part. With your support, VWB/VSF is making a unique and effective contribution.