Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (AVSF) is an NGO that for the last 40 years has been helping the most vulnerable farming families to develop their agricultural and livestock activities, in order to combat food insecurity in the long term. Every year, AVSF runs around 60 cooperation programmes in some 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In Africa, the NGO has been active for several years in Vélingara Department, one of the poorest regions in Senegal. 

Since 2016, the Bel Foundation has supported AVSF on several occasions in this region to help relocate milk production while combating malnutrition in local communities. The Foundation’s long-standing support for AVSF’s work has made it possible to strengthen networks of cooperative mini-dairies, including through the Milk for Kids  project. This has enabled local dairy products to be supplied to the region’s school canteens, improving pupils’ nutrition. By bolstering the production, processing and sales capacities of the Senegalese milk sector, AVSF has also enabled many families to increase their income and thus improve their living conditions in the long term.

The Bel Foundation’s support in 2019-2020 had a real leverage effect on AVSF’s work in Senegal:

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has confirmed its support for the NGO to roll out the project in 57 new schools in partnership with GRDR, improving food security and learning conditions for over 7,000 children.

The Foundation’s most recent support in 2021 enabled AVSF to provide structural reinforcement for eight new school canteens. Following on from the “Milk for Kids” project, the Foundation has decided to renew its support for AVSF to enable it to continue its mission in the Vélingara region.

The Foundation’s support in 2022 will provide the means to roll out he “Milk for Kids” project in two new school canteens and will consolidate the actions implemented in the canteens supported since de project began

What are the project’s expected results?

In total, 1,500 pupils aged 6 to 12 will have access to one meal per day throughout the school year.

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