Development through agriculture, the farmer’s way

Belgian farmer Remy Schiffeleers founded the association “Farmers Without Borders” 30 years ago, inviting young farmers from Benin, Senegal, Mali come to Belgium and learn how to produce goat cheese.

But this is not a classic training programme: farmers learn “by doing” and, once they return home, they adapt the Belgian techniques to their own territory and traditions.

“Goat rearing can be an answer to feed the planet,” says Remy, who has always refused any European subsidy from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), or to receive public funds for his training work.

From 12kg of grass, a single goat produces three kilos of milk that can feed six children. But you have to learn how to keep the goats in the barn to better control what they eat and how much they eat each day.