Manneken Pis will wear the costume of an African livestock farmer and urinate milk this Thursday, June 1st, on the occasion of World Milk Day, reported Veterinarians Without Borders on Tuesday.
The NGO wishes to emphasise the importance of milk in the fight against hunger and poverty in Africa.
Milk is an essential source of food and income in Africa, the organisation said. More than one billion people live from family farming in developing countries.
A Belgian cow produces an average of 25 to 35 liters of milk per day compared to 2 to 3 liters at best for an African cow, adds Veterinarians Without Borders. “During the last three months of the dry season, the calves drink all the milk, so there is nothing left for the family”.
On Thursday, from 9 am to 5 pm, Manneken Pis will be symbolically dressed as an African livestock farmer and will urinate milk. Between 09:00 and 14:00, passers-by can also enjoy a Fairebel milk tasting, the brand of the Belgian farmers of the Faircoop cooperative.
The Brussels Times