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AU-IBAR and the European Union Launch a New Project for Reinforcing Animal Health Services in Somalia

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. His Excellency, Abdihakim Abdullahi Haji Omar Camay, the Acting President of the Puntland State of Somalia (Centre) officially launching the RAHS project accompanied by (seated L-R), Ms. Daria Fane, the Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Somalia, Hon. Prof. Salim Alio Ibro, the Minister of Livestock, Forestry and Range of the Somali Federal Republic, Hon. Abullahi Duuale, the Puntland Minister of Livestock and Animal Husbandry, Hon. Abdi Ismail Boss, the Puntland Minister of Agriculture and Dr. Henry Wamwayi, representing the Director, AU-IBAR.© 2014 AU-IBAR. His Excellency, Abdihakim Abdullahi Haji Omar Camay, the Acting President of the Puntland State of Somalia (Centre) officially launching the RAHS project accompanied by (seated L-R), Ms. Daria Fane, the Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Somalia, Hon. Prof. Salim Alio Ibro, the Minister of Livestock, Forestry and Range of the Somali Federal Republic, Hon. Abullahi Duuale, the Puntland Minister of Livestock and Animal Husbandry, Hon. Abdi Ismail Boss, the Puntland Minister of Agriculture and Dr. Henry Wamwayi, representing the Director, AU-IBAR.Garowe, Puntland State of Somalia. AU-IBAR and the EU Delegation to Somalia convened a two day workshop on 17th and 18th June 2014 to formally launch the new project for Reinforcing Animal Health Services in Somalia (RAHS). This is a nation-wide project that aims to enhance the quality, access and sustainability of animal health services for more than 250,000 households in Somalia. This will be achieved by strengthening the capacity of public institutions to deliver and regulate animal health services and enhancing public private partnerships in animal health services delivery and livestock disease surveillance and control. The RAHS stakeholders' workshop raised awareness on the objectives, expected results, partnerships and activities of the project.

His Excellency, Abdihakim Abdullahi Haji Omar Camay, the Acting President of the Puntland State of Somalia officially launched the project during a colourful ceremony held at the Rug San Hotel in Garowe, Puntland on 17th June 2014. Also in attendance were, Hon. Prof. Salim Alio Ibro, the Minister of Livestock, Forestry and Range of the Somali Federal Republic, Hon. Abullahi Duuale, the Puntland Minister of Livestock and Animal Husbandry, Hon. Abdi Ismail Boss, the Puntland Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Mr. Guuleed, the Puntland Minister of Environment and Ms. Daria Fane, the Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Somalia. A former Puntland State Minister for Good Governance, Hon. Dr. Mohamed Gae Shaan also attended the launch ceremony.

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VET-GOV: Mauritania national livestock policy hub plays a pivotal role in the formulation of the national component of the regional project on support to pastoralism in Sahel (PRAPS)

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The launching of the Mauritania national livestock policy hub took place from 27th to 28th May 2014 at Wissal Hotel in Nouakchott. The Hub was officially launched by the permanent secretary of the ministry for rural development in the presence of his counterpart from the ministry for economic affairs and development.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • To validate studies carried out within the framework of PRAPS formulation. PRAPS is a 250 million US dollars regional project that will support pastoralism in SAHEL.
  • To develop roadmaps for the finalization of veterinary legislation and capacity building of national stakeholders.

In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary stated that the advent of the livestock policy hub reinforces the good governance policy of His Excellency Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of the Republic, which is aimed at involving all stakeholders in the development of the country.

He further reiterated the priority given to livestock with emphasis on animal health, infrastructure development as well as technical and institutional capacity development.

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The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Burundi Commends AU-IBAR for the Timely Support through the VET-GOV Programme

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. From Left to Right, VET-GOV Project Officer, Permanent Secretary and Director of Veterinary Service Burundi.© 2014 AU-IBAR. From Left to Right, VET-GOV Project Officer, Permanent Secretary and Director of Veterinary Service Burundi.Presiding over the opening ceremony on the launching of the Burundi national livestock policy hub which took place from 21st to 23rd May 2014 at King's Hotel, Bujumbura, the permanent secretary ministry of agriculture and livestock, Mr JOSEPH NDUWIMANA expressed gratitude to the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources of the African Union (AU-IBAR) for its continued support. He reiterated that the government of Burundi is cognizant of the pivotal role of livestock in national socio-economic development and will therefore spare no effort in building strategic partnerships for the development of the sector. He reminded participants of 2 major events that took place in 2013, the national livestock stakeholders workshop facilitated by VET-GOV and the colloquium on the development of the sector. He urged participants to critically reflect on the recommendations of those 2 important national events with a view to coming up with a well thought action plan which will be the basis of the VET-GOV engagement.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • to bring together policy hub members nominated by their institutions following a request by the minister of agriculture and livestock
  • to critically review the action plan proposed by the national stakeholders workshop and develop roadmaps for implementing the priorities
  • to draft concept notes and request to be submitted to AU-IBAR and partners for technical and financial support.
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VET-GOV Engages the Livestock Private Sector in SADC

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Workshop participants.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Workshop participants.The workshop on the "Development of the Support Strategy and Action Plan for Livestock Farmers' Associations and Apex Organizations" was held at the Centurion Lake Hotel, Pretoria, from 28th – 30th April, 2014. In attendance at the opening ceremony was the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), Mr Johnson Bungu Marketing Advisor, representing the CEO of SACAU and eleven (11) invited delegates from SADC Member States (Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe) see Annex. The workshop was officially opened by Dr Baboucarr Jaw, the VET-GOV Project Officer, who represented the Director of Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). The VET-GOV Regional Coordinator delegated to SADC Dr Peter Sinyangwe assisted in the facilitation of the workshop.

The delegates at workshop were drawn from the National Livestock Policy Hubs and representatives of the Regional Farmers' Organizations (RFO) from SADC Member States (MS).

Cognizant of the inclination of regional farmers' organisations towards crops, there is a need for more clarity on the place of livestock in these farmers' organizations to enable better targeting of VET-GOV Programme interventions. This need informed the decision to commission consultancies on the assessment of livestock related capacity of regional farmers' organisations. The objective of the assessment is therefore to create a better understanding of the place of livestock in these regional farmers' organizations including the scope of issues addressed; capacity and internal arrangements in place to facilitate the engagement with livestock issues for future VET-GOV Programme support.

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VET-GOV Engages the Livestock Private Sector in EAC, COMESA and IGAD

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Workshop participants.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Workshop participants.The workshop on the development of the support strategy and action plan for livestock farmers' associations and apex organizations was held at the Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha, from the 23rd-25th April 2014. In attendance at the opening ceremony were the EAC Senior Livestock Officer, Mr Timothy Wesonga, representing the Secretary General of the East African Community, the CEO of Eastern Africa Farmers' Federation, Mr Steve Muchiri and the EU Delegation Programme Manager for Kenya, Mr David Mwangi Njuru. The workshop was opened by Dr Soumare Baba, the Chief Animal Health Officer (CAHO), who represented the Director of AU-IBAR. The participants at workshop were the National Livestock Policy Hub Focal points and representatives of the farmers' organizations from the COMESA, EAC and IGAD Member States.

Cognizant of the inclination of regional farmers' organisations towards crops, there is a need for more clarity on the place of livestock in these farmers' organizations to enable better targeting of VET-GOV Programme interventions. This need informed the decision to commission consultancies on the assessment of livestock related capacity of regional farmers' organisations. The objective of the assessment is therefore to create a better understanding of the place of livestock in these regional farmers' organizations including the scope of issues addressed; capacity and internal arrangements in place to facilitate the engagement with livestock issues for future VET-GOV Programme support.