About be-troplive

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

Potential members

  • are individuals and institutions who are involved or interested, 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:

  • Institutions (and their experts and scientific staff) such as DGD & Enabel headquarters, VVOB-APEFE, federal agencies (e.g. Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain,…)
  • Institutions and organisations (and their experts, academic and scientific staff) such as national & international research institutes (e.g. Sciensano), universities and education colleges, 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

Belgian individuals, professionals related to Belgium (former alumni trained in Belgium), Belgian organizations (eg NGOs), research institutes, public institutions, universities and university colleges have a unique experience in tropical animal health and production and continue to work on these topics in several parts of the world. They are willing 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 maintain a network of individuals and institutions, involved in animal health and animal production in tropical regions (network development) in order to:
    • exchange information (communicate) on animal health and animal production in tropical regions on ongoing research, training, projects and job openings
    • encourage collaborations in the field
  • to increase the visibility of the Belgian expertise and its international links on animal health and animal production in tropical regions
  • to promote the One Health concept through exchange of  information and joint actions with the agricultural, environmental and the medical  sector
  • to raise awareness on the general importance of animal health and animal production in tropical regions by targeting audiences such as animal health and animal production professionals and stakeholders, policy-makers and international development donors.



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)