Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019

Livestock in sub-Saharan Africa represents on average 30% of the Agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and about 10% of the national GDP. It is estimated that most of the  250 million people in arid and semi arid lands depend on livestock for their income and livelihoods in this region. However, the sector is seriously constrained by animal diseases, inadequate investments and poor policies; among others  Furthermore, unfavorable government policies have contributed to under-funding from the public and private sectors, as well as contributed to poorly functioning institutional settings and weak implementation capacity of policies, regulations and standards that can enhance inter-member states  and external trade.

Read more ...

The Horn of Africa countries export 50% of live animals and less than 10% of meat that is demanded annually in Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) countries yet these countries have a preference for livestock and meat from the Horn of Africa region. The limited exports has partly been due to limited coordination  between the trade counselors, exporters and chief veterinary officers. The gap has been  in terms of real time market information and dissemination on import requirements as well as commodity prices and limited promotional and linkage efforts.

Read more ...

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (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 happened from 21st to 25th February, 2016. Meat exporters and Ministry of trade government officials /external trade unit/participated.  The latter were supported for sustainability of coordination of promoting  the private sectors (livestock & non-livestock commodities) like Ethiopian Ministry of trade is doing  participated in the fair. The delegation was led by Dr. Solomon Munyua, Ag. Director and coordinated by Dr. Ameha Sebsibe, Head, Livestock and Fisheries.

Read more ...

The IGAD region is rich in livestock resources, which is the major source of livelihood for millions of agro-pastoralists and pastoralists. The demand for livestock and livestock products in the region, in Africa and in the Middle East is high and raising. In 2014, the region exported 10 millions of live animals to Middle East and North African (MENA) countries. The main bottle neck for the livestock sector in the IGAD region , among others, are limited knowledge on requirements from importing countries,  capacity to meet SPS/market compliance, in-consistent marketable product supply, limited value addition, inadequate market promotion and linkage, trans-boundary Animal diseases and limited information sharing and networking among the actors. These constraints are affecting competitiveness in the markets thereby market share.

Read more ...

IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) & Regional Pastoral Livelihood and Resilience project (RPLRP) organized the meeting with the objectives of sharing  the status and lessons on feed/ fodder/range/seed production & marketing, gaps and challenges,  establish regional animal feed and fodder platform and propose roadmap for establishing feed reserve and for wide scale promotion of  good practices.

The meeting took place at Adama; Ethiopia from December 9-10, 2015. The participants were from both public and private sectors involved in feed/ fodder/range/seed production & marketing. The workshop was officially opened by Mr. Tadesse Sorri  representing the Ministry of Livestock and Fishery, Ethiopia; after remarks made by Dr. Dereje Wakjira (coordinator; RPLRP) and Dr. Ameha Sebsibe; representing ICPALD Director.

Finally the workshop recommended the following main actions: create wider awareness and advocacy on adoption of good practices on feed/ fodder/range and seed production & marketing, to have national range fodder/management, and animal feed polices and strategies, strengthening private public partnership (PPP) in order to enhance fodder/ seed production and marketing and to establish feed reserve, support operationalization of the regional feed/fodder platform and Ministries in charge of feed/fodder/seed to strengthen coordination of  extension; research; private and CSOs through national platform

We are grateful to RPLRP /WB project for financing this event.###

South Sudan Cessation of Hostilities Agreement


Latest IGAD Communiqué