Healthy Animals - Healthy People - Healthy Environment
Central Region, Tchamba District

Initiative for the Reconciliation of the Fight against Poverty and Environmental Protection (Project APFA)

To survive, the people living in the Abdoulaye forest used to exploit the natural resources of the zone. In 2004, the forest was listed as a protected area by the Togolese government who thus banned the exploitation of the area. The inhabitants have nonetheless continued to poach and deforest.

Our project shows that it is possible to reconcile two issues often considered as incompatible: environmental protection and poverty reduction.

Plateaux Region / Akébou District

Fight against Avian Flu (Project FACEGA)

When in 2007 the first case of avian flu became known in Togo, VSF-Suisse immediately started a project to prevent a widespread outbreak. In an initial phase the project covered three of five regions of the country. Currently we are executing a second phase in the Région des Plateaux. The project supports poultry producers in prevention, early recognition, and fight against avian influenza. For this the project sensitises and educates poultry producers and their associations, poultry vendors, veterinarians, and lay vets as well as civil servants in order to enable them to handle outbreaks of avian flu efficiently. This further includes training on adequate poultry farming. The project constructs sample coops in its main locations. Poultry producers can then use them as models for their own coops. In addition, in selected markets of the project region we build sheds specifically intended for poultry selling. A second component of the project is the vaccination of poultry against the Newcastle disease in the project region.

Central and Kara Regions

Supporting of Farmers' Initiatives (Project PAIP Phase II)

In order to improve its protection the populations previously living inside the park where re-settled and the use of the park’s natural resources was prohibited. The majority of the people however were dependent on agriculture for their survival and lost their livelihood due to the re-settlement and out of sheer need they continued using the park’s resources. They cut trees for coal production, collected wild honey and poached animals. This not only led to a burden on the environment, it also led to conflicts with the park authorities. Since 2006 VSF-Suisse supports small farmers’ initiatives and the establishment of farmers‘ organisations in some of the villages bordering the national park.