Thursday, Jul 19, 2018

IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) had developed and validated the regional Animal welfare strategy (2017 -2021) with member states (MS). Subsequently four MS were supported to develop their national strategies (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia/ Somaliland and Sudan).  It is meant to promote national compliance with good animal welfare practices by the public and private sectors by addressing issues of unfavourable government policies that resulted into under-funding and weak implementation capacity of animal welfare policies, regulations and standards.

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IGAD and FAO have jointly been implementing a regional project on “Improving Supply of Safe and Quality Livestock and Meat Exported from the Horn of Africa to Middle East and North African Countries”. The project has facilitated a number of activities such as strengthening of livestock policy hubs, training of trade counselors, establishment of IGAD-MENA technical committee, facilitation of the private sector to participate in Gulf Food Fair (2016, 2017 and 2018) and supported exploration of alternative markets in South East Asia among others to complement member states’ efforts to increase exports of live animals and meat. The workshop was to review and validate the import sanitary requirements awareness creation materials segregated according to importing countries. The meeting participants were project focal points, Directors of animal health (CVOs) and Directors of Livestock Production from IGAD member states.

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IGAD and FAO have jointly been implementing a regional project on “Improving Supply of Safe and Quality Livestock and Meat Exported from the Horn of Africa to Middle East and North African Countries” financed by Italian International Cooperation. Several efforts including facilitating the private sector participation in Gulf Food Fair, training of trade counselors, exploring alternative markets in South East Asia, establishment of an IGAD-MENA technical committee have been undertaken to promote export trade, among others . 

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Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) have been implementing a Partnership Program (PP) funded by Swedish Development Cooperation (SDC) which supports the improvement of community’s and households’ food and nutrition security to boost resilience to the frequent drought in the IGAD region through various interventions.

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IGAD in partnership with FAO, with financial support from Italian Development Cooperation has been implementing the regional projectImproving 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 for training of trade counselors stationed in embassies located in countries that import live animals and meat products from IGAD member states as well as alternative markets in Africa and Asia. The training organized by ICPALD/IGAD is to assist bridge the gap between trade counselors and traders or exporters and importers when it comes to real time market information collection and dissemination on import requirements as well as commodity prices and promotional efforts. Trainees came from IGAD member state embassies located in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iran and Nigeria. The training had two sessions back to back; for the new group from 13-16th March, 2018 and refresher trainees from 15-16th March, 2018 for those trained in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2016

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