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  Keynote speakers

Fredred Valdivia

Fredred Valdivia is an Agronomist with a Masters in Rural Development. He has over 15 years’ experience of implementing and leading successful national and regional programs. He has expertise in working with vulnerable communities across Central America, leading on humanitarian relief actions and initiatives for income generation, food security, environmentally friendly production and improved education.

Fredred is the Regional Director for Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, Latin America and the Caribbean, where he has worked for the past two years. He has led on the design and implementation of a pioneer program model based on the One Welfare framework. 

Recognising the interdependence of equids and communities, Brooke’s Latin America and Caribbean together with its local partners have adopted the working animal welfare approach in their programmatic and institutional vision. In practice, a resource network of communities and owners model and promote positive equine welfare behaviours such as good handling and husbandry practices, and the contribution of good equine welfare in ensuring improved livelihoods and in strengthening communities resilience in emergency preparedness is fostered. 

Fredred also implements an ambitious advocacy agenda to influence regional and international bodies such as the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Central American Forum on Climate Change on the importance of animal welfare as a factor of development and sustainable livelihoods, direct contribution for the Sustainable Development Goals.