Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022

November 9, 2021 (Addis-Abeba,Ethiopia): The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was launched in 2018 and ratified in Niger in July 2019. The Agreement promises to create a US$ 2.5 trillion market by removing trade barriers and enabling the movement of Africans across borders. Ethiopia is among the 39 African countries that had ratified the AfCFTA agreement by January 2021 and is expected to benefit immensely from the AfCFTA. The Agreement provides Ethiopia with an opportunity to pursue alternative markets to export value-added goods and services. The “Development of national AfCFTA implementation strategies for Ethiopia” is part of the regional effort by AU-IBAR/ICPALD /IGAD to develop strategies for participating in the AfCFTA at the national level.  The Strategy identifies ways of achieving the twin objectives of expanding agricultural exports within the IGAD/COMESA region and exporting high-value products to other RECs. A national workshop was held to validate Ethiopia's draft national AfCFTA strategy. This report summarizes the highlights of the two-day workshop.

Dr. Ameha Sebsibe on behalf of the ICPALD Director and Mr John Oppong-Otoo on behalf of AUIBAR Director made welcoming statements. The validation workshop was officially opened by the H.E Endale Mekonen /state Minister of Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration (MoTRI) . H.E thanked AU-IBAR and ICPALD-IGAD for supporting the initiative to develop strategies for Ethiopia and appreciated the level of the private sector participation at the validation workshop.

The objective of the workshop was to review, enrich and validate the draft report and fine-tune the proposed strategies to ensure that Ethiopia benefits from the Agreement. The following presentations were made and discussed

  • Status of AfCFTA negotiations and implementation
  • Presentation of the draft National AfCFTA Strategy
  • Proposed Strategic objectives and actions

Recommendations

  • The consultant closely works with MoTRI; IGAD and AUIBAR and incorporate the inputs; align the strategy document with the agreed four strategic objectives and submit the revised validated version of the strategy on NOV 30, 2021
  • IGAD and AUIBAR to support assessment of alternative markets for selected products covering potential African Markets

20-22nd October, 2021(Moyale Ethiopia/ Kenya): IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) facilitated signing of bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries in order to formally coordinate disease control on border areas. To operationalize the signed MoU, ICPALD coordinated the launch of synchronized / harmonized vaccination in August, 2019 at Moyale that saw vaccination of 7,815,265 Heads of livestock that benefited 250,254 Households. Continuity was disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic that brought about strict human movement as containment measures. To keep the momentum, ICPALD organized a similar exercise once again between 20-22nd October, 2021 to launch synchronized/ harmonized vaccination between the crossborder areas of the two countries against Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP) and Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) and developed harmonized vaccination calendar for 2022 against priority TADs.

The one-day planning meeting and two days in field for launch of synchronized/ harmonized vaccination against common TADs across the Ethiopia-Kenya crossborder was opened officially by Dr. Yohannes Girma on behalf of the CVO Ethiopia. Dr. George Njogu, on behalf of CVO, Kenya and Dr. Solomon SJ Munyua, the Director of ICPALD, made welcome remarks. It was attended by 32 technical officers from the Ministries in charge of animal resources from Ethiopia, Kenya and ICPALD. The following recommendations were made:

Recommendations

  1. Ethiopia, Kenya and IGAD should strengthen harmonized and joint planning on animal health and sanitary measures as well as incorporate activities related with livestock movement control, awareness creation for communities TADs management and signed MoU
  2. The two countries follow the harmonized surveillance and vaccination calendar with a target of eradicating PPR by 2027 ahead of global eradication 2030 year.
  3. The two countries with support of IGAD should sign the draft information sharing protocol on TADs incidents and trade across the common borders. Meanwhile, information can be shared informally by the sub-regional representatives to facilitate control of TADs
  4. IGAD should support joint capacity building of animal health professionals and other stakeholders from the two countries
  5. The two countries should improve livestock support infrastructures such as labs, markets and natural resources along the border and promote shared use
  6. The two countries and IGAD should mobilize resources from national governments and from donor’s/ development partners to fund cross-border activities

 Launch of synchronized/ harmonized vaccination- 21st and 22nd October, 2021

The communities from both sides expressed appreciation to the two governments (Ethiopia and Kenya) and IGAD for facilitating the exercise. The Kenya side area assistant chief requested for more boreholes or rehabilitation of the two available ones by making provision of watering troughs and overhead water storage tanks to ensure adequate availability of water for livestock.

Acknowledgement: ICPALD expresses appreciation to the World Bank for funding this activity.

 

 

11-15th October, 2021 (Nairobi, Kenya): Establishment of livestock feed security system in Kenya included the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries (MoLF) as well as other stakeholders in the feed resource sector – private sector; farmers and (agro) pastoralist groups/cooperatives and development partners, as well as research and licensing organizations. Various tools, including Animal Feed Inventory and Balance Sheet (AFBS), Predictive Livestock Early Warning System (PLEWS) tools and the Pictorial Evaluation tools (PET) have been developed. The workshop to validate AFBS, Grazing Biomass and Monogastric was officially opened by the Director of Livestock Production, Sate Department of Livestock, MoALF, Bishar Elmi. He reminded participants that the high cost of feeds has greatly affected productivity of animals in Kenya.  Therefore, the directorate is committed to creating an enabling policy environment for the feed industry to thrive well. The Livestock policy is in place, the feed regulation are in the process of being developed and also a livestock master plan is on course. Thanked all for the journey from the feed inventory of the 23 ASAL counties and now the 24 Non ASAL counties and making it a success is a priority for the department. He was grateful to the FAO and IGAD for their support. The validation workshop attended by 41 participants (8 females and 33 men) made the following recommendations:

  • The concept of feed inventory should be applied at farm level.
  • Automation of the feed inventory and feed balance tools is being done
  • Realign the approach used to collect data on agro industrial by products so as to get data.
  • Awareness creation- Feed millers and government should enhance interactions to build trust between buyers and sellers for businesses to thrive.

ICPALD expresses appreciation to FAO Resilience team for funding this activity

 

3rd – 7th October 2021 (Khartoum, Sudan): Dr. Amal Babiker, the Undersecretary/ CVO, Ministry of Animal Resources officially opened the 5 days training. She emphasized that animal feed resources need to be considered in the broader perspective and not just during emergency as is the case now in most African countries including Sudan. The regional animal feed action plan formulated recently by FAO and IGAD requires that countries have appropriate feed assessment and balance tools and the capacity to use them, so that they could establish feed inventory and feed balance and periodically update them. Using this information, the countries would be able to assess feed needs, feed resource availability and feed gaps, and to identify approaches to fill the feed gaps. This will make feed interventions in the countries effective in the immediate, medium and long term as well as help to build the livestock sector on sound foundation. The number of participants trained was forty-two, with 20 females (48 percent) and 22 men (52 percent). The following recommendations were reached:

  1. The crop tool to be completed and all directions given by the facilitators followed
  2. Competitive uses proportion tool filled and the composition of the focused group discussions considered
  3. Information on local birds feeding to be collected as per the shared template
  4. Input parameters on herd structure, growth rate and animal weight required for ME and CP collected and shared with Harinder
  5. Technical team to provide the state representatives with introductory letters introducing them to the factories
  6. Quality control of data which should be done at state level then at the task force level before tools are shared with Harinder.

ICPALD expresses appreciation to FAO for financing this activity

 

 

 

 

September 29th 2021(Juba,South Sudan): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD), through financial support AU-IBAR through Live2Africa project funded by the EU consulted relevant stakeholders in the Republic of South Sudan and collected data on the status, challenges and next steps on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures. The national draft strategy that is aligned to IGAD regional SPS strategy was reviewed; enriched and validated on 29th September, 2021 by SPS technical experts from across the country.  Thirty Nine (39) participants were drawn from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development, Ministry of Health, Bureau of Standards, Ministry of Trade, FAO, the private sector and IGAD.

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