Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017

IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) has organized the above regional workshop during the period 6th - 7th, April, 2017 in Elementaita, Kenya. The delegates for this workshop were drawn IGAD member states that are potential and current investors involved on fodder/fodder seed production and marketing  In IGAD region, feed inadequacy in terms of volume and quality has negatively impacted the traded livestock as well as the livelihoods of many livestock producers. A good example is animals are dying due to mainly lack of feed and water during the frequent drought facing the countries in the region. Other challenges with regard to feed include the observed mismatch between demand and supply of feed, seasonality, expansion of cropping and invasive species and poor nutritive value. In response to these challenges, ICPALD since its establishment has undertaken some interventions such as compilation of good practices on fodder and establishing and operationalizing the regional fodder and rangelands platform. This workshop aimed at sharing some practical lessons on good practices on fodder and fodder seed to private sector for increased investment and enhancing availability of quality fodder and seed throughout the year;  thereby contributing to livelihoods and income including through  exporting  within the region and to  Middle East countries  

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The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in partnership with Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), with financial support from Italian Development Cooperation is implementing the regional project; Improving supply of safe and quality livestock and meat exported from the Horn of Africa to Middle East and North African (MENA) countries.

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IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) has organized the above regional experience sharing mission to Namibia for IGAD Ministers and Parliamentarians from Dec 12-15, 2016. Livestock identification and traceability is an emerging system being used by both the exporting and importing countries to protect public health, enhance food safety and trade in live animals and livestock products. To be effective a LITS system requires two basic components, an identification system (for example brands, marks or a device) and a system that tracks an animal, or group of animals, along the value chain to the final destination. It is only when these components are all put together that a LITS system becomes functional and it is, therefore, imperative that the IGAD region strengthens efforts of disease prevention and control and finds ways of enhancing and sustaining livestock-based trade and its benefits.

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VETERINARY GOVERNACE programme that is being implemented by ICPALD in partnership with AU-IBAR and funded by the European Union (EU) has been supporting North Eastern Africa Livestock Council (NEALCO) to promote regional and international trade. NEALCO is a private sector regional livestock stakeholders' association constituted by national livestock traders’ associations drawn from 13 countries, namely: Burundi, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania with the main objective of promoting, coordinating, sharing information and advocating for enhanced trade in livestock and livestock products within North Eastern Africa and Middle East Countries and beyond. The association has recruited livestock associations into national chapters from six (6) member states, namely; Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The association further has developed a five year strategy, constitution.

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