Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019

June 24-25, 2017- Dubai; UAE IGAD and FAO have 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 (MENA) Countries” funded by the Italian International Cooperation. IGAD region exports about 50% of live animals and less than 10% of meat required annually to MENA countries despite the close proximity; high livestock resources available and long traditions of marketing and supplying organically produced livestock to MENA.

 As indicate above; the live animal and meat  exports are not high compared to the opportunities we have; these are mainly  due to limited SPS compliance including trans-boundry animal diseases,   poor vertical and horizontal linkages between the livestock actors, limited promotion and linkage , unjustified  request of vaccination for some diseases and rejection of animals ; among others. Therefore, IGAD/ICPALD organized the 3rd inter-regional technical meeting between the Chief veterinary officers (CVO) of exporting member states and CVOs of importing countries in Dubai; UAE from June 24-25, 2018 to strengthen collaboration; enhance trust and transparency between the two regions

 Dr. Solomon Munyua, Director of ICPALD and Mr Gerold Boedeker, A/sub-regional coordinator of FAO for GCC and Yemen made welcome remarks and the workshop was officially opened by H.E Eng. (Amb) Mahboub Maalim, the executive Secretary of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The participants are CVOs and officers’ in-charge of export quarantine facilities from Egypt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Jordan; the CVOs or their representatives from IGAD member states (MS) and the Lab manager and Deputy Technical Manager of Djibouti Regional Quarantine. After presentations on the status of trade, challenges and key issues; the below recommendations were made for follow up actions 

 Recommendations

  1. IGAD/ICPALD and FAO should work closely with member states to enhance compliance with import sanitary requirements for sustainable trade;
  2. MS should promote private sector investment in feedlots and ranch to enhance value addition and ensure year round marketable supply of livestock;
  3. IGAD, FAO and MS should support implementation of livestock identification and traceability system (LITS) starting from primary markets and quarantines and focus on promotion of compartmentalization as a way to prevent and control TADs ;
  4. IGAD secretariat shall facilitate the IGAD-MENA technical collaboration platform at policy level of permanent secretaries and ministers to formalize the engagement at higher level;
  5. IGAD and FAO shall continue to strengthen experience learning through South to South cooperation to help exporting countries comply with SPS requirements;
  6. The IGAD-MENA regulatory authorities to continually communicate and regularly review the bilateral agreements/ memoranda of understanding/ and apply to resolve any emerging trade related issues.

ICPALD expresses its appreciation to Italian International Co-operation for funding this activity.

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28-06-2018, Bishoftu, Ethiopia: The IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) today concluded a two-day national consultation meeting for legal and policy experts from the Federal Government of Ethiopia.

The meeting held in Bishoftu, Ethiopia from the 27th and 28th June 2018 was to review the final technical draft of the Protocol on Transhumance in the IGAD region.

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June 13-15, 2018 (Ghana) Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in partnership with FAO, with financial support from Italian international 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. One of the activity of the above project is to organize a trade mission for meat exporters and regulatory bodies from IGAD exporting countries to other meat deficient regions such as West Africa.

The objectives of the mission (June 13-15, 2018) were to facilitate interaction of regulatory bodies and private sectors of the IGAD countries with Ghana counterparts, collect  data and  lessons that will be shared to more meat exporters and stakeholders and enable the exporting countries to implement and start business ; promote and enhance inter-African livestock trade . After the discussion with Ghana regulatory bodies and importers and visit to markets; the following recommendations were made for actions

  • The IGAD/ICPALD will share Self Declaration Document (SDD) received from Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) Ghana to CVO of member states (MS) and exporters
  • The delegation team will share the mission report and other information to their respective authorities for further action
  • The private sector representatives will also share the information with their members
  • CVOs of MS to fill the SDD document, submit to the CVO Ghana ; follow up and provide feedback to the private sectors interested in the trading of meat to Ghana.

 IGAD/ICPALD expresses appreciation to Italian Development Cooperation for financing this event through the IGAD /FAO implemented livestock and meat project.

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20-22nd June, 2018 Naivasha, Kenya.IGAD and FAO have been implementing a regional project; improving supply of safe and quality livestock and meat exported from the Horn of Africa to Middle East and North African Countries funded by Italian Development cooperation. The project has been supporting export of live animals and meat from IGAD member states to Middle East and North Africa and alternative markets in South East Asia and West Africa. One of the key requirement to access and expand the market is to comply with the Halal slaughter. Hence training of the relevant bodies on Halal slaughter was organized by IGAD/ICPALD for a three days training in Naivasha, Kenya from 21-22nd June, 2018 in collaboration with the Emirates International Accreditation Center (EIAC)

The trainee were veterinary officer under the  Chief Veterinary Office directly supervising and supporting export slaughterhouses and from the Islamic Halal body or Bureau of Halal Certification from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. A total of 16 participants benefited.  

Welcome remarks were made by Dr. Solomon Munyua, Director of ICPALD who encouraged trainees to pay keen attention so that they can serve as ToTs once back in their countries and opened by Dr. Lawrence Gateru on behalf of the CVO, Kenya who expressed appreciation for IGAD/ICPALD for organizing such training which is timely. He also emphasized that halal slaughter promotes efforts towards maintaining good animal welfare and human health since it ensures processing of quality and safe meat for local consumption and export trade. The following recommendations were made:

  1. The public sector trainees will serve as TOTs to train meat inspectors and halal slaughterers stationed in export and local slaughterhouses in their countries to attain a critical mass;
  2. The trainees together with national staff operating animal welfare organizations, private sector and development partners should focus on promoting good animal welfare practices along the value chain- market, transportation, holding pens and during slaughter process;
  3. Member states should advocate the importance of good animal welfare practices as a complementary service alongside animal production, disease control services and access to markets so as to attract national budget allocation to support awareness creation through development of banners, website adverts, convene stakeholders forums etc;
  4. The public sector should closely work with the private sector to implement regulations supporting promotion of animal welfare practices;
  5. ICPALD should work on South to South training and field learning experience in promotion of halal slaughter as well as improvement of animal welfare practices;
  6. Future trainings will be based on demonstrable use of the present training for consistency and will have practical sessions at halal compliant slaughter facilities;
  7. Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Somalia should roll out the national animal welfare strategies while IGAD or the member states (Djibouti; South Sudan and Uganda ) should endeavor to develop national animal welfare strategy aligned to the IGAD regional strategy

 IGAD/ICPALD expresses appreciation to Italian Development Cooperation for financing this event through the IGAD /FAO implemented livestock and meat project.

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June 7- 9th June,  2018; DebreZeit, Ethiopia The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region is home to 360 million ruminants which contributes to poverty alleviation, provide food security and increased income. The sector is however challenged by inadequate breeding technologies which if well harnessed can improve production and productivity to improve income among livestock keepers. The extensive genetic diversity found in various species and breeds make the region a reservoir of important genetic variations (genes) which are critically required for improvement and to address future challenges (e.g. climate change, new emerging transboundary animal diseases) and exploit opportunities (e.g. biotechnology and change in market preference). Modern breeding technologies such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer among others focus mostly on dairy cattle and less attention provided to improvement of animals in the Arid and Semi-arid (ASALs) areas that are important in the supply of regional as well as markets to Middle East and North Africa    

 A two days’ experience sharing workshop and one day field visit to Kalit National Animal Genetic Improvement Institute (NAGII) were conducted from 7-9th June, 2018 to share regional experiences and lessons among animal genetic resource centers and breeding and multiplication centers from each country and from International Centers for Agricultural research in Dry Areas

(ICARDA) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).  Participants from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan included directors in charge of national animal breeding division and managers of each breeding and multiplication center and animal genetic resource centers. The following were workshop recommendations:  

 Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti, Somalia and South Sudan should consider domestication of global plan of action on Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR ) as a national priority while Ethiopia and Kenya should implement their national plan of actions to enhance conservation, sustainable utilization, access to the genetic resources and sharing of benefits- Sudan and Uganda committed to achieve global plan of action by January, 2019;

  1. Member states (MS) should adopt and promote the developed regional IGAD model policy and legal framework for Conservation, Sustainable Utilization and Access and Benefit Sharing of Farm Animal Genetic Resources;
  2. Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti and South Sudan that have not privatized breeding services and Uganda where it is semi-autonomous should consider public private partnership engagement to attract more investment to enhance technology uptake;
  3. MS should enhance extension services and capacity building at technical and community levels focusing on community breeding and other relevant programs
  4. MS should develop/update /implement/enforce relevant strategies, policies and legislations that promote sustainable breeding programmes;
  5. MS should conserve animal genetic resource as they utilize;
  6. Besides promoting animal breeding and genetic improvement, MS should offer complementary services such as disease prevention and control, feed security, animal welfare and market linkages for breeding animals;
  7. MS should strengthen and support systems for certification of improved breeding stock by authorized bodies to ensure quality control;
  8. MS should utilize emerging genomic technologies, GIS and ICT for disease surveillance and management against risks extreme weather conditions
  9. MS should utilize platforms/proof of concepts for ground-breaking reproductive, ICT, genomic technologies and catalyzing their innovative applications
  10. MS should mobilize resources at national levels through increased advocacy and at international levels together with ILRI, ICARDA and IGAD through development of evidence  based concept notes;
  11. IGAD/ ICPALD in collaboration with other relevant institutions like ILRI / ICARDA should support MS to implement breeding/conservation programs including Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)
  12. IGAD/ ICPALD in collaboration with other partners should support MS with special attention for communities to learn relevant experiences from successful breeding programs within and outside the region.

 IGAD/ICPALD expresses its appreciation to the World Bank and Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda for funding the activity through regional pastoral livelihood and resilience project (RPLRP)  

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