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October 2009

New Member Society
South African Vegan Society - www.vegansociety.co.za -  We promote the ethical, environmental and health advantages of a vegan diet in South Africa.


May 2009

2nd West Africa Vegetarian Congress – 29 Oct-1 Nov
Emmanuel Eyoh, IVU Africa Regional Coordinator, has announced that the 2nd West Africa Vegetarian Congress will take place in Accra, Ghana, 29 Oct-1 Nov. Mr Korblah Wisdom an IVU Africa member from Ghana is coordinating the Congress in Ghana. Food and accommodation will be free for Congress participants. On 1 Nov, World Vegan Day, there will be a large Vegetarian Parade in Accra town. For more information: www.ivu.org/africa


March 2009

Computer for IVU Africa Now Up and Running

We now have a photo the new IVU Africa computer being operated by Emmanuel Eyoh, IVU Regional Coordinator for Africa: www.ivu.org/africa

Emmanuel sends his thanks to everyone for your response to the appeal a few months ago which enabled us to buy the computer.

Welcome to New IVU Full and Associate Member Societies

KENYA: Kisii Vegetarian Group - zsamwel@yahoo.com

NIGERIA: Brotherhood of the Cross and Star - paulobusson@hotmail.com


February 2009

Interview with IVU International Council Member in Botswana

Professor P K Jain is a member of the IVU International Council, an IVU Fellow and an IVU Patron: www.ivu.org/members/council/pk-jain.html

Hi, P.K. What made you decide to become a vegetarian? When did that happen? How old were you at the time?

Another Example of the Food or Feed Dilemma
This article from a poultry industry publication discusses how chicken flesh peddlers in Africa want to divert food from people and use it as feed for non-human animals whom the peddlers are raising for slaughter.

"Manufacturers of poultry feed have been in talks with the government to
allow import of raw materials and to release part of the strategic grain
reserve for animal feeds."

www.allaboutfeed.net/.../kenyan_poultry_farmers_in_trouble.html

New Registered Group: SOUTH AFRICA best-juicing.com - www.best-juicing.com


December 2008

Interview with IVU Regional Coordinator for Africa 
Emmanuel Eyoh - nigveganimal@yahoo.com - is IVU’s Regional Coordinator for Africa. Here is an interview with him. The next item in this newsletter asks for your support for Emmanuel’s efforts.

When and why did you become a vegetarian?

Computer Help Needed for IVU Africa 

Last year, we asked for your help in supporting the first West African Vegetarian Congress in Nigeria, and received a very generous response, enabling the congress to go ahead with visitors from several neighbouring countries.

Since then Emmanuel Eyoh (see interview above), president of the Nigeria Vegetarian Society (NVS), has been appointed IVU Regional Co-ordinator for Africa, but his work is hampered by the fact that neither he, nor the Nigeria VS, owns a computer.

Emmanuel has to visit a local cybercafe, paying by the minute and queuing at busy times - and he has a lot of email to deal with.

We would like to ask your support in buying a computer for the Nigeria Vegetarian Society - more details about them can be found at www.ivu.org/nigeriaveg - they have an office at the address given, but only with very basic facilities, including the cooking equipment they use to provide food for the homeless and other needy people.

Computers are slightly more expensive in Africa than they are for the rest of us, as confirmed by Prof. P.K. Jain in Botswana, recently co-opted back onto the IVU Council. We need at least UKP500 (about US$1,000) for NVS to buy a suitable machine, peripherals, internet connection, etc.

With this assistance, NVS and Emmanuel will be in a stronger position to promote vegetarianism across the continent. If you are able to help, and every small contribution will add to the total, please go to:
www.ivu.org/africa/donations.html

Egypt's Meat Economy Being Built by US Grains Sales 

This article provides further evidence that the non-human animals, including fishes, whom humans eat are fed with grains that potentially could feed the approximately 1 billion humans without enough to eat.

The original article is at www.grains.org/galleries/global_updates/glo_11_6_08.pdf

US Grains Council, Global UpDate, 06 November, 2008

Market Development, Expansion Opportunities in Egypt

The U.S. Grains Council vies to expand demand of U.S. feed grains and their co-products in Egypt by working hands-on in the country's vibrant livestock and poultry industries and the growing aquaculture sector.

Dr. Darwin Britzman, USGC consultant, traveled to Egypt Oct. 22-26 to provide training to feed mill operators and endusers regarding the actual feeding of co-products and coarse grains, and modern handling methods. In the livestock sector, Britzman said Egypt must continue to encourage the development of the smaller feedlots (200-500 head).

"The Council has been instrumental in encouraging the building of smaller feedlots in Egypt," Britzman said. "These are, of course, more affordable for more Egyptian investors than the larger feedlots. There are now about 400 of these smaller feedlots in Egypt.

These could eventually become reliable customers of U.S. DDGS (distiller's dried grains with solubles). We are working to educate beef and dairy producers that DDGS can be fed at levels as high as 30 and 40 percent." In the poultry industry, the common practice in Egypt is to start the birds on low levels of DDGS, 5 percent, and to increase it to 7.5-10 percent as they get older. "By continuing education efforts, Egyptian poultry producers will likely begin using high levels of DDGS at the very beginning, one day of age," he said.

Market development opportunities, according to Britzman, can be found in Egypt's growing aquaculture industry. He foresees "excellent potential" for U.S. DDGS in Egypt's aquaculture (fish farming) sector.

Fish consumption in Egypt is approximately 13 to 15 pounds per capita. There are 970,000 metric tons of fish processed in Egypt, of which 61 percent are produced locally, mostly tilapia.

"Production is expected to double in the next 5 to 10 years," Britzman said. "Currently 150,000 tons of aquaculture feed are being manufactured by four companies. Much more is needed for more intensive aquaculture production."

According to Britzman, some manufactures are incorporating DDGS into fish rations. However, he cited a lack of knowledge on what the maximum amount is of DDGS recommended in the commercial fish feeds.

"There are markets for U.S feed grains and co-products in Egypt that have plenty of room for expansion. There are also markets such as the aquaculture and pet food industries that need extensive educational efforts put into play in order to develop reliable, consistent customers."


October 2008

New IVU Member Societies

Vegetarian Association of Ghana – contact: Dada Pramananda - vegghana@yahoo.com

Vegetarian Society Mauritius - www.vegetariansocietymauritius.org

 

New Patron


May 2008

West Africa’s First Vegetarian/Vegan Library Opens
On May 1, the Vegetarian Association of Ghana (VAG) – vegGhana@yahoo.com - inaugurates West Africa’s first Vegetarian/Vegan Library & Resource Centre. VAG sends the following report.

Over the past few years the importance and popularity of eating a plant based diet has steadily grown here in Ghana. The opening of the VAG Library will further promote this worthy cause among our increasingly health conscious population.

The Library will be located at the premises of Assase Pa, Ghana’s original vegetarian restaurant.  A welcoming green oasis in the midst of Accra’s busy centre, the Library building has been beautifully renovated to help make it an attractive centre of learning and activism. 


March 2008

Communiqué from 1st West Africa Vegetarian Congress

The first West Africa Vegetarian Congress was held last year in Lagos, Nigeria, 7-10 December. Here, thanks to Korblah Korbla-Wisdom, are excerpts from the communiqué issued by the conference delegates.

  1. IVU Africa should try to establish contact with religious groups, because they have the people who are vegetarians, so that they can become members of the IVU Africa group, This will help to promote vegetarianism in Africa.
  2. We will endeavour to establish cooking school/classes as means of teaching people good methods of preparing vegetarian and vegan foods.
  3. To be recognised by the IVU Africa, each association in Africa should register with its government or government agency responsible for registration of companies.
  4. We must try to separate religion from vegetarianism, especially at congresses to let people know that vegetarianism is a way of life. (It has been observed that in Africa about 90% of vegetarians are vegetarians because of religion.)
  5. Vegetarian organisations should link with health professionals like such as doctors, nutritionists, and nurses, to help explain the benefits of vegetarianism, because health professionals have direct contact with people with health related problems, people might accept or believe them easily if they recommend or tell them the benefits of vegetarian diets.
  6. Every organization should at least have a website, and should organize events and outreach programmes.
  7. There is the need to have an Africa Vegetarian online newsletter with contributions from each country.
  8. Each country must have an active coordinator. The country coordinators will work with the IVU Regional Coordinator for Africa.
  9. IVU Africa should have regular congresses, a secretariat and a constitution.
  10. A Fund for Africa should be established.

It was resolved that Ghana should host the 2nd West Africa Congress in 2008 and that Cameroon will host the event in 2009.


February 2008

Welcome to New IVU Member Society 

New Member Society:
Vegetarian Society of Liberia - Jacob Bright - jacobbright@yahoo.com


January 2008

Report from West Africa Vegetarian Congress http://www.mytravelguide.com/travel-tools/maps/West-Africa-map.php
Here are excerpts from a report from the recent West Africa Vegetarian Congress, which was partly funded by IVU and by your donations in response to an appeal by IVU. Photos can be viewed at www.ivu.org/africa/nigeria2007-2.html ; www.ivu.org/africa/nigeria2007-3.html

The W/Africa Vegetarian Congress in Lagos, Nigeria has come and gone. The congress was very significant, as it is marked the beginning of creating a future for the vegetarian movement for Africa. The congress drew participants from West Africa and beyond. Talks were given on various aspects of the vegetarian way of life. Many of the participants said that the highlight of the Congress was the feeding of vegan food to people at a village set up to aid destitute children, lepers, disabled and elderly.

I wish to thank the IVU Council for supporting the Congress, all the IVU-Africa members that participated and all the individuals and groups within and outside Nigeria for taking part in the congress.

With warm regards,
Emmanuel Eyoh, Nigeria Vegetarian Society
Convener-W/Africa Vegetarian Congress


December 2007

West African Vegetarian Congress
The Nigeria Vegetarian Society is hosting the first ever African Vegetarian Congress on Dec 8-10, 2007, in Lagos, Nigeria. Delegates from Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire and Eritrea are planning to attend, as well as lots from Nigeria. Donations from IVU Online News readers are helping to fund the Congress. See: www.ivu.org/africa/nigeria2007.html


November 2007

How Italy Helped Launch an African Congress

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Some things can have unexpected results . . . Back in 2005, the Associazione Vegetariana Italiana (Italian VegSoc) organised the 20th anniversary European Vegetarian Congress. They decided to put in some money themselves so that two African delegates would be able to attend. They also persuaded Tina Fox, the chair of the IVU Council to attend.

During the Congress, Tina met Isaac Dikeocha, originally from Ghana but now living in South Africa, and she could see that he had potential as a vegetarian activist. Just over a year later, Isaac was appointed as the IVU Regional Coordinator for Africa, and he has shown us all how right Tina was in her assessment.

Another year on and the Nigeria Vegetarian Society asked IVU to help it fund the West African Veg Congress - the first ever Vegetarian Congress in Africa. By this time, Isaac had been to Nigeria and met the organisers, so he was able to assure the IVU Council that they would do a good job. Most of you will have seen the appeal for funds, which was very successful, raising all the money we asked for in just 12 days.

- and all of this because our friends in Italy had the foresight to support two Africans in attending their Congress back in 2005. Indeed some things can have unexpected results.

For the latest information about the West African Veg Congress, which is on December 8-10, see www.ivu.org/africa/nigeria2007.html

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New Member Association:
Vegetarienne du Cameroun, Africa, contact Ngono Salvador, salvador_ngono@yahoo.fr

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The Nigeria Vegetarian Society will host the first ever African Vegetarian Congress on 8-10 Dec. All the food at the Congress will be completely vegan:  www.ivu.org/africa/nigeria2007.html


September 2007

IVU Supports West African Congress - But More Help Needed!
The Nigeria Vegetarian Society is planning to host the first ever African Vegetarian
Congress on December 8-10, 2007. All the food at the Congress will be completely vegan.

Emmanuel Eyoh, NVS President writes: "I am in touch with vegetarians & groups in the following countries in West Africa who will be taking part in the summit: Mali, Benin Republic, Ghana, Togo, Cameroon, Cote D'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Nigeria plus others outside the subregion."

IVU Funds are very limited, but the International Council has agreed to put up half of the estimated cost of US$6,000 (UKP3,000 / Euros 4,500). We have been given a very detailed breakdown of all expenses, which include helping delegates to attend and some food for local homeless people. It is being very well organised but, as always in Africa, funds are desperately short.

Thanks to the wonderful response to our email appeal for donations to support the first ever veg congress in Africa, we have already raised over half of the target amount in just one week! - but we still need more help from vegetarians and vegans in the richer countries to make up the rest of money. If everyone reading this Online News donated just US$2, there would be more than enough...

There is now lots more info about the congress at: www.ivu.org/africa/nigeria2007.html

Donations can be made by credit card/Paypal at: www.ivu.org/africa/donations.html

IVU guarantees that *ALL* money sent from that page will be used in Africa, regardless of how much is given.

Isaac Dikeocha, IVU Regional Co-ordinator for Africa, based in South Africa, writes: "I have been to Vegetarian Society of Nigeria. The executive members hosted me during my West African tour, and I saw the good work they are doing. They are active and have organized major vegetarian events in Africa.

There have been financial aid requests from many African groups in the past which I did not approve. The fact is that I only try to approve the request of societies I know that are active and that can use the money wisely in promoting vegetarianism in their locality."

Many thanks to those who have donated so far - we hope that others will also be able to help.

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