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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 was conducted  from 18 to 20  February, 2018. Meat and live animal exporters and Ministry of trade government officials /external trade unit/from IGAD member states participated.  The Trade officers /directors from the Ministry of Trade were supported to learn on sustainable coordination of the private sectors (livestock & non-livestock commodities) in promotion and linkage. The IGAD delegation (15 participants) was led by Dr. Solomon Munyua, Director ICPALD and technically coordinated by Dr. Ameha Sebsibe, Head Livestock and Fisheries.

The key observations:
The IGAD delegation was able to visit pavilion/meat stand of India, Pakistan, Australia, Newzealand, Brazil, and other major exporting countries and able to learn on the coordination, presentation of products (various cuts, packaging, labeling), prices; promotional materials etc. It was also learnt that companies from the above countries produce their products based on customer requirements. They also provide market information specific to their business for their customers on a continuous basis.

Countries such as Brazil, Australia and India have respective authorities ApexBrasil, MLA (Meat and Livestock Australia) and APEDA (Agricultural products Export Development Authority)   supporting marketing & promotion to the private sectors. The authorities closely assist the private companies to have the right conducive policy environment and empower them for enhanced competitiveness on international markets, coordinate trade promotions, support trade mission to explore new markets and promote private sector participation in international trade fairs among others. The IGAD delegation also learnt that aggressive marketing strategy supported by adequate capacity to comply SPS and improved supply of marketable animals will increase their market share in the Middle East & North Africa /MENA/countries, Asia and some African countries.  

IGAD/ICPALD also facilitated the delegation to participate on the Dubai chamber of commerce breakfast meeting.  Meat is one of the major food commodities being imported into Dubai currently with 7.4% growth rate and hence good opportunity to IGAD exporting countries to improve performance and promotion for increased market share.
The delegation was also taken to the Dubai Cattle market to observe the origin, condition, price etc of the cattle; sheep and goat imported from Asia & Georgia. The delegation team discussed with the municipality regulatory bodies and importers on how to enhance the supply of live animals from IGAD countries. The importers reiterated the strong interest they have to import from IGAD region and advised the exporters  to closely discuss and work with the regulatory body in United Arab Emirates /UAE/. The delegation team was also taken to Carrefour, one of the hypermarket, and observed the meat sale (type of products; packaging, price and source) and able to observe the need to invest on value added products than continue exporting whole carcass
The delegation team appreciated the participation that was eye- opener, enabled them to learn the Gulf market requirements and share their promotional materials. Some exporters also had side line meeting and interact with potential buyers. Finally the team had a wrap-up session, identified key lessons and made recommendations including the need to sustainably empower the major exporters; coordinate and support stakeholders nationally and regionally to meet market requirements, promote the products and attract new buyers and investors to the IGAD region

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

The IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock development (ICPALD ) has been undertaking a number of regional studies  on policies, strategies , guidelines and validated them with member states, providing  and organizing  training and experience sharing to enhance the capacity of different stakeholders in collaboration with member states , various projects (RPLRP, SMP, STSD, VETERINARY GOVERENANCE, LIVESTOCK & MEAT, among others ) and partners .

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 Introduction

IGAD member countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, the Sudan and Uganda) are rich in livestock and home to 336 million ruminants (cattle, small ruminants and camels). These resources are also the main livelihoods for the pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in the Arid and Semi-arid /ASALs/ of the region.

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Introduction

IGAD/ICPALD organized a regional Validation Workshop on Public Resource Allocation and Private Sector Investment in Livestock in the IGAD Region from 25-26 July 2017 in Mombasa, Kenya. Welcome remarks were made by Dr. Solomon Munyua, Director of ICPALD. He  welcomed the delegates, gave a brief history as to when IGAD ICPALD undertook the first  initiative to showcase the contribution of livestock to the national economies of the MS. Dr Solomon further informed the workshop that after the studies that reflect increased  contribution of livestock to the economies of the IGAD MSs, there was a need to understand the investment the countries are making on to the livestock sector, know the status of the investment and gaps therein, and identify priorities and strategies so that investments on the livestock sector shall be promoted based on evidences generated, hence the commissioning of studies across the region on resource allocation to the sector by both the public and private stakeholders.

The Deputy Director and head of budget, Dr Peter Mbatha, in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries - Kenya, on behalf of the CVO Kenya opened the workshop. He appreciated the support of IGAD in strengthening livestock identification and traceability system(LITS) and the many studies conducted with the  support from STSD and Vet Gov projects. He also mentioned that IGAD had assisted the country to develop the PPR national strategy and other animal health strategies. He hoped that the workshop will come up with fruitful deliberations for the sector, and declared that workshop is officially opened.

The participants were drawn from each member states/MS/ Ministry in charge of livestock; Ministry of Finance and or planning and representatives of  civil societies including Veterinary board or associations, Animal production society, livestock marketing council; FAO and OIE. The objectives of the workshop  were to review the study report, share status and lessons learnt from MS, validate key findings, challenges and recommendations and agree on the way forward.

The following presentations were made at the plenary meeting and discussed

  • Findings on Public Resource Allocation for Livestock Sector in the IGAD Region
  • Process and Principles of Public Resource Allocation in IGAD Member States and Current Budget Ceiling for Livestock (by the Ministry of Finance )
  • Findings on  Private Sector Investment in Livestock Sector in the IGAD Region
  • Update on Private Investment in Livestock Sector in the IGAD member countries (by the Ministry in charge of Livestock )
  • Then group discussions were  made to enrich and validate the study report

    Recommendations:

    The report should incorporate the  workshop comments and the enriched version be shared to participants and other stakeholders
  • The evidence in the validated report be shared to policy makers of IGAD MS for increased public resource allocation and private investment for  livestock development;
  • The private sector be supported and encouraged by the public sectors to enhance private sector investment in various priority opportunities existing on livestock or to undertake public private sector partnership /ppp/
  • Livestock census should be carried out every ten years intervals for better planning purposes rather than every twenty years

The participants commended IGAD/ICPALD for undertaking this useful study and AUIBAR/VET-GOV project for financing the study and the workshop.

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