Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) is a widespread, virulent, and devastating disease of small ruminants with significant economic, food security and livelihood impacts. Hence, it is considered as a top priority disease to be addressed in the next two decades in the context of improving nutrition and food security, income generation, small holders’ livelihoods and in the alleviation of poverty and hunger. This disease is endemic in nearly all the IGAD member states (MS) and PPR is identified as one of the nine trade related priority trans-boundary diseases in the region.
IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) has organized the above regional experience sharing visit to the Ethiopian export slaughter houses and feedlots for IGAD member states and Tanzania in collaboration with African Union Inter-African Bureau of Animal resources (AU-IBAR).
ICPALD/IGAD and AUIBAR jointly organized two steering committees’ meeting back to back from DEC 4-5, 2014 in Naivasha, Kenya to review project progress reports including technical and financial reports, approve recommendations, work plans and budgets and provide guidance to strengthen coordination and information sharing with complementary interventions in the region. The two projects are Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Heath (SMP-AH) and Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Livestock Trade (STSD) financed by USAID and EU respectively.
Non-compliance with world animal and plant health and food safety standards is deemed as a major barrier to accessing international agricultural trade and thereby denying countries the exploitation of the competitive advantage of their locally produced commodities, thus missing out on the potential benefits.
The IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD), in collaboration with African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), organized a regional training workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November 10-12, 2014. The workshop had the following specific objectives:
•To provide training to public and private sectors’ representatives on the use of science-based methods and scientific arguments in standard-setting and on some principles of the SPS Agreement of the WTO
•To establish regional SPS coordinating committee, discuss and adapt the ToR
•To propose ways of strengthening/establishing national SPS committees
The training workshop involved 27 participants from both the public and private sectors of IGAD Member states, FAO and North Eastern Africa Livestock Council (NEALCO). The welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Ameha Sebsibe, head of livestock on behalf of ICPALD Director and by Dr. Samuel Wakhusama, on behalf of the AU-IBAR Director, and opening remark was delivered by Dr. Bewket Siraw, CVO Ethiopia. In their remarks noted that SPS are needed to protect human from unsafe food. They also indicated that poor participation of Africa Nations in international standard setting and lack of compliance to SPS measures have been major challenges in livestock and livestock product trade development. IGAD in collaboration with AUIBAR took a leading role in coordinating member states in the region to form and strengthen SPS Committees and commended the two institutions for organizing this important training event for both public and private sectors.
The IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD), in collaboration with African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), organized and held a workshop in Mombasa, Kenya to validate the draft regional framework for the progressive control and eradication of peste des petit ruminants (PPR) and other SRD in November 6th – 7th, 2014.
The “Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Livestock Trade or surveillance of trade-sensitive diseases (STSD) Project” in the region that is funded by the European Union (EU) and jointly coordinated and implemented by the AU-IABR and IGAD Secretariat in the IGAD Member States As peste des petit ruminants (PPR) and other small ruminant diseases (SRDs) are trade-sensitive diseases that negatively impact household food security and pastoral-based livelihoods and trade in the region, ICPALD commissioned the study on the regional framework for the progressive control and eradication of PPR and other SRDs in the IGAD region, and drafted with a support of PPR/SRD regional technical committee for validation by livestock value chain actors.