A new regional livestock association, the North Eastern Africa Livestock Council (NEALCO) has been established by national livestock associations from the North Eastern Africa region. NEALCO's mandate is to promote, coordinate, share information and advocate for enhanced trade in livestock and livestock products within and outside the region. A promotion workshop for NEALCO was held in Kampala, Uganda from 6th to 7th October 2014 with the main aim of introducing NEALCO to Regional Economic Communities (RECs), technical partners, national associations, and relevant national ministries.
On behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Dr James Wabacha welcomed all participants to the workshop. He recognized the growing demand for livestock and livestock products in the region. He noted the need for NEALCO to help improve the competitiveness of value-chain actors and promote intra- and interregional livestock trade. AU-IBAR hoped to see NEALCO lead the way in improving livestock trade regionally and internationally. In his remarks, Dr Solomon Munyua, the Acting Director of ICPALD on behalf of IGAD warmly welcomed all participants to the workshop and outlined the story of NEALCO. Starting as an activity within a project, NEALCO had evolved into an institution. A point had reached for traders to take a centre stage in running NEALCO, with the participation of MS, IGAD, EAC, COMESA and AU-IBAR's role being reduced to only providing assistance as prescribed by NEALCO Executive Committee. NEALCO had to concentrate on adding value to livestock products. On behalf of NEALCO, Dr Khalid appreciated the support from AU-IBAR, IGAD and USAID. In his opening remarks, Dr Wesonga on behalf of the Minister for Animal Industry, Uganda, emphasized the need to reduce shocks due to disease, increase livestock production and improve market access for livestock and livestock products in the region. He stated that the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF valued the support accorded by AU-IBAR and IGAD/ICPALD through the SMP-AH project. The Ministry was ready to support empowering NEALCO in its membership drive. The meeting was attended by 37 participants from 11 countries, FAO, AU-IBAR, IGAD, COMESA, Kenya Livestock Marketing Council (KLMC), Kenya Livestock Producers Association (KLPA), IGAD Business Forum (IBF), Agri-profocus, Ethiopian Meat Producers and Exporters Association (EMPEA) and Chama Cha Wafugaji (CCW).
27th August 2014, Mwanza, Tanzania
Animal health stakeholders from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania meet to discuss harmonization and coordination of the cross border prevention and control of trade-related transboundary animal diseases.
Animal health stakeholders from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania held a three-day meeting in Mwanza, Tanzania from 25th -27th, August 2014 to discuss collaboration on the prevention and control of trade-related transboundary animal diseases (TADs) at cross border areas and to enhance information sharing.
The meeting was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) within the framework of the Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) project with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A total of 30 participants attended the meeting including CVOs from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, USAID, IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD), veterinary technical staff from the participating countries, and community leaders from border areas.
Transboundary animal diseases are a key constraint to livestock production and trade in the Greater Horn of Africa. The diseases have previously resulted in livestock trade bans by the importing countries in the Middle East due to fear of introduction of the diseases, especially Rift Valley fever which also endangers human health. Livestock in the pastoral areas move across international borders for feed, water and trade, and therefore control of TADs requires collaboration and cooperation between countries.
The 3rd steering committee meeting for the SMP-AH project was held in Kampala, Uganda on 3rd June 20114 with the main aim of provide guidance on the overall direction of the project to achieve its desired goal and to facilitate synergies and complementarities with the related STSD project-whose 1st Steering Committee meeting was held back-to-back.
The meeting was chaired by the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission, H.E. Mrs Rhoda Peace Tumusiime. In attendance were representatives of key stakeholders with a stake in the surveillance, prevention and control of trade-related TADs and trade in livestock and livestock products. AU-IBAR and its partner organisations, including, IGAD, USAID, OIE, FAO and ILRI were fully represented. In addition, the Livestock traders' Association, North Eastern African Livestock Council (NEALCO) was in attendance. As well, Member states, including, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda were represented. The meeting was graced with the presence of Hon. Bright Rwamirama, Minister of State for Animal Industry in Uganda.
- Bridging the gap between veterinary technical knowledge and practice: 25 veterinary officers from the Greater Horn of Africa complete an 18 weeks training course in Management Skills Development
- Veterinary staff from the Greater Horn of Africa acquire Management Development skills to promote increased use of the SMP approach in the management of Transboundary Animal Diseases
- SMP-AH revolutionizes reporting of trade-related transboundary animal diseases in the GHoA by involving herders, livestock keepers, livestock traders, butchers, truckers, marketers and processors
- SMP-AH project supports an integrated training programme in Surveillance and Epidemiology of Trade-Related Transboundary Animal Diseases for Veterinary staff from Greater Horn of Africa