Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019

Naivasha, Kenya; 2-3rd April, 2019:In August, 2018, IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) with financial support from USAID facilitated for Ethiopia and Kenya to develop an implementation framework (IF) to operationalise the signed MoU on cross-border cooperation and coordination on animal health and sanitary measures. The IF put in place coordinated arrangements that included establishment of joint steering committees (JSC) at national level and multidisciplinary technical committees (MTC) at sub-national levels to follow up and monitor implementation of agreed activities under various strategic objectives. As a follow up, a bilateral  workshop was convened with financial support from the World Bank funded Regional Pastoral Livelihood Resilience Project (RPLRP) to officially launch the two committees (JSC & MTC) and agree on harmonized procedures. The meeting was attended by JSC and MTC members from the Ministries of the two countries responsible for animal resources and bordering regional states and countries and implementing partners/projects ; namely, FAO, DRC, VSF-G and GIZ.

Dr. Michael Cheruiyot officially opened the meeting on behalf of the Chief Veterinary Officer, Kenya. He reminded participants on the significant role of the MOU in creating an enabling environment to prevent and control Trans-boundary Diseases in a coordinated manner and facilitate uninterrupted trade in livestock. The meeting was also addressed by Dr. Alemayehu Makonnen, the CVO, Ethiopia and Dr. Solomon Munyua, the Director of ICPALD. The meeting made the following recommendations and way forward;

Recommendations and way forward

  1. Governments of Ethiopia and Kenya should use the upcoming events to continue popularizing the MOU signed by Ministers and endorsed implementation framework to development partners, policy makers (national/ federal and regional/ county governments) and other stakeholders along the livestock value chain for buy-in and contribution for achieving the objectives ;
  2. ICPALD should support cross border meetings to evaluate effectiveness of disease control activities and lessons learnt between the two countries,
  3. Ethiopia and Kenya should develop a harmonized disease vaccination calendar and implement along the border
  4. ICPALD should share a template with the two countries for sharing progress reports on cross-border animal health activities on a quarterly basis,
  5. JSC and MTC should continuously advocate for national/ regional or county resources (from existing budget and manpower) and develop bankable proposals for resource mobilization from development partners to complement the two government efforts to implement activities in the IF among others,
  6. Future JSC and MTC meetings should consider participation of coordinators of non-cross border programs to build synergy for efficient delivery of services,

ICPALD expresses appreciation to the RPLRP project /World Bank for funding this activity



28 March 2019, Addis Ababa, (Ethiopia): IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) with financial support from USAID organized a bilateral two days meeting between Ethiopia and Somalia technical teams in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 26-27th March, 2019 to develop an implementation framework to operationalize the Memorandum of Understanding on crossborder cooperation and coordination on animal health and sanitary measures. This was followed by a one-day meeting of Ministers responsible for animal resources in the two countries on 28th March, 2019 who signed the MoU that will strengthen the two countries’ cooperation and collaboration along their common border to address animal health issues including disease surveillance, disease control and timely sharing of animal health and trade information Participants included Ministers, protocol officers, Somalia ambassador to Ethiopia, Veterinary technical staff from national and regional/ state governments, FAO, ICPALD and community leader.

 H.E Mr. Umer Hussien, the Minister of Agriculture, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, opened the Ministerial meeting. He emphasized the need for Ethiopia and Somalia to work together in a harmonized approach in terms information sharing, disease prevention and control, livestock movement control, vaccination, disease surveillance, among others for the benefit of each country. This will mitigate animal disease outbreaks, ensure continued crossborder and international trade in livestock especially with Middle East countries. This will contribute to improved income to the crossborder communities and the two countries in general. Remarks were also made by H.E Hussein Mohamud Sheikh Hussein, the Minister of Livestock, Forestry and Range, the Federal Democratic Republic of Somalia and Dr. Ameha Sebsibe on behalf of ICPALD Director.   

 The two meetings achieved the following:

  • The first meeting of technical staff drafted an implementation framework to operationalize the MOU and established a governance structures
  • The two Ministers signed the cross border MoU.

 The ministerial meeting committed to:

  • Advocate and maintain political will at the highest level of our two countries in support of the Memorandum of Understanding and the draft Implementation Framework aimed at operationalizing the MOU
  • Mobilize required resources from within our respective countries, together with IGAD and from the Donor community to fund various activities in the MoU areas of cooperation and the draft implementation framework (IF)

 ICPALD expresses appreciation to USAID for funding this activity



26-02-2019, Kenya: Livestock production and livelihoods in the IGAD region are constrained by increased frequency of drought that has led to inadequate fodder and water and health issues and often resulted in loss of animals and livelihoods by the community. This calls for promotion of livestock insurance for pastoral communities to serve as one way to mitigate losses to pastoralists through mortalities. The regional livestock working group meeting was organized by IGAD/ICPALD and FAO on 26th February, 2019 and reviewed livestock insurance initiatives being undertaken in Kenya ;  Ethiopia and by  partners. The good practices, challenges and policy gaps were identified and documented for follow up actions by all IGAD member states

 The presentations covered the following: A brief on the Kenya livestock Insurance Program(KLIP);  Product Design, Lessons learnt and sustainable scaling (IRLI), Current challenges and opportunities of public and private livestock insurance markets in Kenya, The role of Government and private sector in the intervention (Nyala Insurance Share Company, Ethiopia) and Livestock Insurance; from Emergency to Resilience Building  (World Bank)


  • ICPALD and FAO should support the development of a regional strategy and policy framework to coordinate and guide the uptake of livestock insurance in the region
  • ICPALD, FAO and ILRI should organize a regional stakeholders meeting to share good practices and key issues affecting livestock insurance uptake, publicize the initiatives and strive for scale up in other member states that are yet to initiate index based livestock insurance (IBLI).


11 February 2019, ENTEBBE, Uganda: The 51st Greater Horn Of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 51) organized by the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with the Uganda National Meteorological Agency (UNMA) and partners, on “Preparedness actions to climate related risks for safe and resilient communities” opened today in Entebbe under the leadership of Hon. Songa Lawrence, Chair of the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change (PFCC) at the Parliament of Uganda.

The forum is bringing together climate experts, decision makers, non-governmental organizations, civil society stakeholders, users of climate information and representatives of climate sensitive sectors such as Agriculture, Livestock and Food Security, Energy and Hydropower, Water Resources, Health and Public Safety, Disaster Management, Tourism and Wildlife, Settlement, Marine and Economic Planning, and the Media.

The main objectives of this Climate Outlook Forum are to:

  • Review lessons from the past seasonal forecast;
  • Follow up on the implementation of mitigation measures proposed by the last forecast;
  • Co-develop a consensus regional Climate Outlook for the March to May 2019 rainfall season;
  • Co-develop impact advisories for key socio-economic sectors and disseminate mitigation strategies;
  • Provide a regional interaction platform for decision makers, climate scientists, researchers and users of climate information.

 In his opening remarks, Hon. Songa Lawrence encouraged climate scientists to identify the gaps and call on the policy makers to play their role in bridging those gaps. He stressed that policy makers should be convinced of the critical role of climate prediction and information dissemination to end users.

 The Director of ICPAC, Dr. Guleid Artan, said that by “bringing together countries that have common climatological characteristics, the forum ensures consistency in the access to and interpretation of climate information”.

 Dr. Festus Luboyera-Executive Director Uganda National Meteorological Authority, Dr. Justus Kabyemera-Representative of African Development Bank (AfDB), and Mr John Mungai-Representative WISER Programme also took the floor during the opening session.

 ICPAC member countries are Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.



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9-10, 2018, Addis Ababa (Ethioipa) IGAD’s Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) emphasized the significance of   cross-border animal health coordination for the control and eradication of Peste des petis ruminants (PPR) and other priority transboundary diseases from the Horn of Africa (HoA)  as most countries have long and porous borders ; and animals move for pasture ; water and trade. This remark was made by Dr. Ameha Sebsibe, Head of Livestock and Fisheries at ICPALD on the Sixth Regional PPR Control and Eradication Committee (CECC) workshop conducted in Addis Ababa from Oct 9-10, 2018. The workshop was financially supported by FAO-Ethiopia’s PPR Eradication Project (EU SHARE). Dr. Gijs Vant Klooster, Head of Livestock and Pastoralism Thematic Program with FAO-Ethiopia made a welcoming statement and then Dr. Alemayehu Makonnen Anbessie, Director of Disease Prevention and Control made opening remark on behalf of the State Minister, Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

It was also reported at   the workshop that : “Ethiopia and Kenya have signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) through its responsible ministries and that implementation framework (IF) for the operationalization of the MoUs are developed and governance structures were established in August 2018.” As part of the IF; the two countries have identified three key activities for immediate implementation and these include Participatory Disease Surveillance (PDS), sero-monitoring, and vaccination against PPR in Turkana-South Omo, and Marsabit-Borana borders. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely IGAD/ICPALD and financially supported the development of the MOU and IF for the Ethiopia-Kenya; Karamoja and Dhikil clusters, among others

Workshop organizers also heralded the progress made by Ethiopia and Kenya on implementing national PPR eradication projects with the objective of freeing its small ruminants from PPR with a generous financial support from European Union’s Supporting Horn of Africa Resilience (EU-SHARE) Program and the interventions are expected to significantly redress the gaps in tackling cross-border coordination and harmonization issues between the two countries.

During the two days, the workshop has reviewed the progress made at the regional, continental and global PPR control and eradication levels, received updates on PPR control and eradication efforts from IGAD member states, shared good practices and lessons and made clear recommendations. The main recommendations are to undertake coordinated resource mobilization, promote information sharing and coordination among member states.

 IGAD/ICPALD is grateful for the financial support of FAO Ethiopia through the EU-SHARE Program for undertaking the 6th regional PPR control and eradication coordination meeting.


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