IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) with financial support from European Union, Technical Cooperation Fund (EU-TCF) organized two days meeting regional validation workshop on findings of social and economic costs of livestock rustling in the region, Entebbe, Uganda on 2-3rd October, 2019 to enrich and validate  five country studies and a synthesized regional report on livestock rustling.. This was followed by a one-day meeting of Ministers responsible for livestock resources on 4th October, 2019 who reviewed and adopted recommendations of the technical workshop of high level experts and action points on social and economic costs of livestock rustling. This will help in dissemination of the findings, further buy-in on the recommendations and strengthen the existing approaches on curbing this deadliest menace at national and local levels. The technical and Ministerial meetings held back to back were attended by 35 and 40 participants respectively from all IGAD Member States. Participants included Ministers, representative of Ministers, members of IGAD Committee of Ambassadors, Permanent/Undersecretaries, Ministries of Interior, CVOs, technical staff from Departments of Livestock Production, ICPALD and Pastoral Associations.

Hon. Joy Kabatsi, state Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Uganda, officially opened the meeting. She reminded the participants that livestock rustling is predominantly practiced in Karamoja sub-region where livestock is an important livelihood activity and the government through the disarmament process was able to manage and reduce incidents of rustling. Dr. Solomon Munyua, ICPALD Director; Representative of Minister, Kenya, representative of Minister, Somalia, Representative of Minister, Sudan, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, South Sudan, Representative of Minister, Ethiopia made welcome remarks.

The two meetings achieved the following:

  • The technical high-level expert meeting enriched and validated the studies and developed some recommendations with action points to help in curbing rustling at national and regional levels,
  • The Ministers have adopted the recommendations and action points of the technical workshop of high-level expert meeting

 Recommendations of the technical meeting centered around fostering and building peace among pastoral communities, improve delivery of social services, strengthen joint border initiatives, strengthen security mechanisms, establish and diversify complimentary   livelihoods, eliminate illicit livestock trade and support and strengthening the role of civil society actors in curbing livestock rustling.

 The ministerial meeting committed to:

  1. Galvanize political will at the highest level of member states in support of the recommendations of the technical experts meeting on social and economic costs of livestock rustling in the region held in Entebbe, Uganda, 2nd to the 3rd, of October, 2019.
  2. Champion, convene and coordinate the efforts of all relevant public and private sector stakeholders in the implementation of the actionable recommendations of the aforementioned technical expert meeting
  3. Support the mobilization of the required technical and financial resources within member states and in conjunction with IGAD Secretariat, from development partners to finance the actionable activities within the recommendations as outlined in the roadmap to curb livestock rustling
  4. Support efforts of ICPALD to be allocated at least 50% of its budget from member states contributions as per the decision of the 45th session of the IGAD Council of Ministers held in July 2012, in order for ICPALD to effectively deliver on its core functions as articulated in the ICPALD protocol.
  5. Advocate for increased national budgetary allocations towards accelerated development of the livestock sector by driving the transformation and realization of the commercialization of this sector by member states

 ICPALD/IGAD expresses appreciation to EU-TCF project for funding this activity.