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A Risk Assessment Study on Animal Diseases along Ethiopian Main Trade Corridor Kicks Off

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.A team of experts launched a study, which would assess the risks of major animal diseases along the Borena-Adama-Djibouti value chain. The study is meant to provide the Ethiopian Government with sufficient evidences on opportunitie and risks on its animal and meat markets along the said value-chains. This will eventually assist the Ethiopian government to table such evidences to importing countires; thereby securing and sustaining regional and international markets for its livestock and livestock products.

The risk assessment study is so important for Ethiopia to meet the standards set by the Middle Eastern countries on the quality of live animals and meat they import from the IGAD Member States. In specific terms, the study is indispensable to increase the level of confidence among traders on sanitary and pyto-sanitory statueses, and avails leverage points during trade negotiations. Knowing the importance of these standards, the Ethiopian government requested its development partners, ILRI and AU-IBAR/SMP-AH to lead and conduct the study.

During the meeting, held on 11th and 12th August, 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, participants prioritised the diseases for risk assessment, mapped out the value chain along the route, generated risk questions and pathways and identified the sources of data and information required for the analysis.

Opening the Meeting, Director of the Ethiopian Veterinary Services, Dr. Bewket Siraw indicated that trans-boundary animal diseases hinder Ethiopan livestock exports and it was high to critically look into the risks associated with these diseases and find suitable remedies to enable expansion of the livestock export markets. This study he said, together with the ongoing Livestock Identification and Traceability System (LITS) pilot programme, would improve access to livestock export markets.

The workshop was organised by ILRI as part of the research activities it implements under the Standards Methods and Procedures in Animal Health Project (SMP-AH) implemented by AU-IBAR in partnership with IGAD with financially support from USAID.

 

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Djibouti, Puntland and Somaliland Poised to Begin Harmonization and Joint Coordination of Disease Surveillance and Reporting

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.Djibouti, Puntland and Somaliland poised to begin harmonisation and coordination of disease surveillance and reporting activities to jointly prevent and control trans-boundary animal diseases, which have significant impact on trade and livelihoods.

To this effect, AU-IBAR/SMP-AH Project organised a regional workshop, held in Djibouti City from 20th to 22nd August 2015, for frontline animal health workers.

The workshop provided participants with the required knowledge and skills they need to harmonise and coordinate animal diseases surveillance, control and reporting in the region. During the sessions, participants lay down the foundations for harmonization and coordination of veterinary activities and establish the mechanism to exchange animal health information across the Somali ecosystem.

The workshop, which brought over 40 participants together, was officially opened by Dr Moussa Ibrahim Cheik, Director General of Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Republic of Djibouti. In his key note address, Dr Moussa advised participants to embrace regional spirit and utilise the knowledge they acquired from the workshop to exert a meaningful contribution to control trans-boundary animal diseases and, thereby, increase national incomes and improve the livelihoods of the poor farmers, whose life is heavily dependent on livestock.

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Somalia Gets Ready to Unveil Community Based Animal Disease Reporting System

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.Central South Somalia and Somaliland poised to unveiling a community level disease reporting system before the current year runs out.

In a workshop, held on the 8th and 9th August 2015, in Hargeisa, Somaliland livestock farmers, field veterinarians, private veterinary practitioners, and universities have unanimously agreed to launch the system in Central Somalia and Somaliland in the coming October and November, respectively.

The workshop, convened by AU-IBAR/SMP-AH Project, in cooperation with IGAD/ICPALD, provided the forum for all relevant stakeholders to find a way for developing and improving community-based animal disease reporting system in Somaliland and Central South Somalia as a means to improve passive surveillance and disease reporting. Over forty relevant participants from Awdal, Beledweywe, Dollow, Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Saaxil, Sabawanaag, Salahley and Salal attended the workshop.

In opening the workshop, Dr Jama Mohamed Odowa, Director General of the Ministry of Livestock underscored the fact that livestock has immense contribution to the economies of Somaliland and hence there is a need for effective delivery of animal health services across the country. To this effect, he reiterated, participants from Somaliland and Central South Somalia needed to join hands to come up with a workable strategy to have the community-based animal disease reporting system implemented in all regions.

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Somaliland to Integrate Indigenous Knowledge into the National Animal Disease Surveillance System

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.In support of Somaliland’s Ministry of Livestock, The Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) Project successfully developed the capacities of the staff of the Ministry on the methods and skills they need to identify and use the local knowledge in the surveillance and control of trans-boundary animal diseases. In so doing, participants were introduced to Participatory Disease surveillance (PDS) in order to help them integrate indigenous knowledge into disease control.

The workshop, held from 6th to 7th August, 2015, in Hargesa, Somaliland, pull together a total of 20 participants from the national and regional Mobile Veterinary Teams, Central Veterinary Laboratory, Disease Reporting Centres, Epidemiology and Data Management Units, Quarantine Stations and Regional Veterinary Coordinators (RVOs), located in Awdal, Togdheer, Hargeisa, Maroodi jeex, Cergavo, Saxil, Salaxlay, Sool and Berbera.

Opening the workshop, the Director General in the Ministry of Livestock, Somaliland, Dr Jama Odowa recognized the prominent place the livestock sector constitutes in Somaliland’s national economy and expressed his government’s commitment to combat Participants recognized the incredible worked done by Standards Methods and Procedures in Animal Health project implemented by AU-IBAR in partnership with IGAD with financial support from USAID for supporting the training on Participatory Disease Surveillance. This would help in applying the best approaches that uphold local contexts and knowledge in the control of transboundary animal diseases.

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Regional Consultative Workshop on Environmental Management for Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Eastern Africa and The Great Lakes Region

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at Regional Consultative Workshop on Environmental Management for Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Eastern Africa and The Great Lakes Region, 27-30 August, Kampala, Uganda.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at Regional Consultative Workshop on Environmental Management for Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Eastern Africa and The Great Lakes Region, 27-30 August, Kampala, Uganda.27-30 August, Kampala, Uganda. A key pillar in the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa is the promotion of sustainable aquaculture development. The policy objective of this policy arena is to jumpstart market-led sustainable aquaculture through a variety of strategies and where appropriate support interventionist development approaches in aquaculture supported by strong strategic implementation plans.

For sustainable aquaculture development, there is need to develop and implement strategic sectoral environment management approaches that do not just focus at the farm level but to also factor in the wider environment. Sustainable environmental management for aquaculture would enable African Union Member States make more realistic and appropriate aquaculture development plans, approve appropriate projects and institute environmental management practices more effectively. Taking into consideration regional specificities, formulation of regional environmental management frameworks for sustainable aquaculture development should ideally be developed at regional levels. Thus the ultimate objective of these actvities is the formulation of regional environmental management frameworks in the five regions of the continent (West, Central, East, Southern and North) to support sustainable aquaculture development.