Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

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.

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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.

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Livestock and livestock products’ exporting countries in IGAD need to take heed of the emerging and progressively more demanding sanitary standards being established by importing countries. The establishment of a livestock identification and traceability System [LITS] and animal health certification in the IGAD region is an essential step towards meeting these standards as well as increasing their market share to lucrative markets for livestock and livestock products. Moreover, the harmonized LITs guideline will also contribute to the efforts of curbing cattle rustling in the region.

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In a bid to address challenges affecting trade in livestock and livestock products in the IGAD region as a result of trade-related Transboundary Animal Diseases, African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in partnership with Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), with financial support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is implementing the regional project, the Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH. IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) is coordinating the implementation of the fourth result area; among its activities is the support and empowerment of the North East Africa Livestock Council (NEALCO).

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The IGAD Centre for the Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), jointly organized and held the Eastern Africa Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) and the 5th joint Epidemiology and Laboratory Annual Coordination Meeting at Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania from 2 to 4 September 2014. The meeting was attended by representatives from 12 countries (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda,  Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) and participants representing ICPALD/IGAD, AU-IBAR, AU-PANVAC IZSVe Padova, FAO and OIE. The meeting was funded by FAO and ICPALD/IGAD within the framework of the implementation of the European Commission-funded projects entitled “Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa” and “Surveillance of Trade-Sensitive Diseases” in IGAD Member States as well as the USAID-funded project “EPT-1/IDENTIFY”.

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