Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in partnership with 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. The project has provisions  to support private and public sectors from IGAD member states to participate on the Gulf food fair (GFF) which happened from 21st to 25th February, 2016. Meat exporters and Ministry of trade government officials /external trade unit/participated.  The latter were supported for sustainability of coordination of promoting  the private sectors (livestock & non-livestock commodities) like Ethiopian Ministry of trade is doing  participated in the fair. The delegation was led by Dr. Solomon Munyua, Ag. Director and coordinated by Dr. Ameha Sebsibe, Head, Livestock and Fisheries.

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The IGAD region is rich in livestock resources, which is the major source of livelihood for millions of agro-pastoralists and pastoralists. The demand for livestock and livestock products in the region, in Africa and in the Middle East is high and raising. In 2014, the region exported 10 millions of live animals to Middle East and North African (MENA) countries. The main bottle neck for the livestock sector in the IGAD region , among others, are limited knowledge on requirements from importing countries,  capacity to meet SPS/market compliance, in-consistent marketable product supply, limited value addition, inadequate market promotion and linkage, trans-boundary Animal diseases and limited information sharing and networking among the actors. These constraints are affecting competitiveness in the markets thereby market share.

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IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) & Regional Pastoral Livelihood and Resilience project (RPLRP) organized the meeting with the objectives of sharing  the status and lessons on feed/ fodder/range/seed production & marketing, gaps and challenges,  establish regional animal feed and fodder platform and propose roadmap for establishing feed reserve and for wide scale promotion of  good practices.


The meeting took place at Adama; Ethiopia from December 9-10, 2015. The participants were from both public and private sectors involved in feed/ fodder/range/seed production & marketing. The workshop was officially opened by Mr. Tadesse Sorri  representing the Ministry of Livestock and Fishery, Ethiopia; after remarks made by Dr. Dereje Wakjira (coordinator; RPLRP) and Dr. Ameha Sebsibe; representing ICPALD Director.

Finally the workshop recommended the following main actions: create wider awareness and advocacy on adoption of good practices on feed/ fodder/range and seed production & marketing, to have national range fodder/management, and animal feed polices and strategies, strengthening private public partnership (PPP) in order to enhance fodder/ seed production and marketing and to establish feed reserve, support operationalization of the regional feed/fodder platform and Ministries in charge of feed/fodder/seed to strengthen coordination of  extension; research; private and CSOs through national platform

We are grateful to RPLRP /WB project for financing this event.###

IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) organized the meeting with financial support of Regional Pastoral Livelihood and Resilience project (RPLRP) with the objectives of understanding the status of implementation of  grades and standards,  modalities of promotion & popularization; to facilitate lessons sharing on dissemination of grades and standards and agree on the way forward for harmonization of grades and standards  on live animal, meat and hide and skin. 

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