About be-troplive

be-troplive is an informal and multidisciplinary platform open to individuals involved in tropical animal health and tropical animal production activities.

Potential members

  • are individuals who are/were involved in tropical animal health and tropical animal production activities and/or are alumni of the several Belgian ‘tropical animal health’ postgraduate courses
  • have an interest in tropical animal health and tropical animal production, in order to reduce poverty and to increase food security and food safety
  • have an interest in collaborating with developing countries
  • commit to ethical information sharing and to promoting a fair collaboration amongst the members of the platform with the aim of boosting the sector

Any doubt on the qualification of a potential member will be discussed by the Steering Committee.


Target groups are:

  • Attachés of the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel) and the Belgian Directorate General for Development (DGD)
  • Experts and scientific staff of DGD & Enabel headquarters, VVOB-APEFE, federal agencies (e.g. Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain,…)
  • Experts, academic and scientific staff of national & international research institutes (e.g. WIV Institute, the Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre, …), universities, NGOs, study bureaux, development organisations, ministries, governmental and parastatal services
  • Experts, advisors and consultants involved in international cooperation
  • Alumni of postgraduate courses of Belgian universities or Belgian academic institutions

Currently, be-troplive reaches about 530 members.


Mission statement

Several individuals or departments from Belgian institutions have developed an important expertise in tropical animal health and tropical animal production. Furthermore, the Belgian Directorate General for Development (DGD) is still supporting programmes in that field, directly, through bilateral projects implemented by the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel) or, indirectly, through development and research projects implemented by NGOs, universities and specialized institutes. Therefore, several Belgian partners agreed to collaborate within the framework of a platform on tropical animal health and tropical animal production (be-troplive).

The objectives of be-troplive are:

  • to create a network of individuals involved in tropical animal health and tropical animal production in order to exchange information on ongoing research, training and development projects
  • to stimulate joint actions in order to attain synergy in the field
  • to increase the national, European and international visibility of the Belgian expertise in tropical animal health and tropical animal production
  • to improve the coherence of the Belgian cooperation in the field of tropical animal health and tropical animal production
  • to improve relations and cooperation with the agricultural and the medical sector in order to enhance the efficacy of animal health and animal production activities

In line with the tendencies in international development cooperation, the activities of be-troplive should be in agreement with the different strategies of the target countries and bilateral and international donors, especially with those of the Belgian Directorate General for Development (see DGD http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/policy/development_cooperation/). For animal disease issues we also refer to the international health standards (see OIE http://www.oie.int/).



General assembly

At least once a year, all be-troplive members are invited to participate at the General Assembly, preferably coupled with an activity. The General Assembly has the ‘highest power of decision’ and sets out the main action plans.


Steering committee

The Steering Committee runs the day-to-day activities of the platform and discusses proposals for external communication and views on policy. When necessary, the Steering Committee will consult the members. The Steering Committee meets at least twice a year. Only Belgian be-troplive members can become a member of the Steering Committee and can participate in the elections. Candidates for a position in the Steering Committee should commit to attend the meetings. Once elected, the members of the Steering Committee will exercise their mandate personally. They will contribute the expertise gained through their organisations.

The Steering Committee has to be composed of at least 8 members and the following balance has to be respected:

  • Representatives of academic institutions: min. 2
  • Representatives of NGOs: min. 1
  • Independent experts: min. 1
  • Representatives of other organisations (e.g. study bureaux, government services,…): min. 1
  • Both Dutch and French should be represented: min. 2 representatives per language.

Proposed duration of a mandate: 3 years.

Positions: chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary-treasurer, members.
The members of the Steering Committee divide the responsibilities among themselves.



The last elections took place end 2016.


Composition of the current Steering Committee (01/2017 – 12/2019):
(Substitutes can be designated and advisers can be invited “ad hoc” when necessary)