The project beneficiaries will be pastoralists, smallholder livestock keepers, livestock processors and traders, and other value chain actors, who will benefit through improved protection of livestock against major trade-sensitive diseases. The benefits accrued will include enhanced access to livestock markets, improved food security and livelihoods. The ability to withstand and recover from shocks will also be strengthened. Women, given their significant role in small stock production, will constitute a big percentage of the project beneficiaries and will enjoy increased status, confidence, awareness and financial viability. The capacity of IGAD to effectively implement projects at both country and regional levels will be strengthened. The final beneficiaries will be the consumers of livestock products, who will benefit from improved availability and enhanced safety of livestock commodities.
Other target groups and beneficiaries will include the veterinary services, which will benefit from enhanced capacities, means, and strategies to coordinate the execution of disease surveillance, control and improvement of animal health certification. National governments and local authorities will benefit from enhanced revenue generated from improved trade in livestock and livestock products, and relevant stakeholders in the Middle East and other emerging and new markets will be informed about the intervention and the livestock sanitary status in the IGAD MSs.
This project will work with NGOs from the livestock sector in the IGAD region. It will also partner with regional and international organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal health (OIE) to ensure synergy and complementarity, and alignment with global frameworks (GF-TADs, International Standards). Disease information and best practices will be shared with other RECs especially COMESA, EAC and UMA in order to contribute towards the harmonization of sanitary measures and facilitate trade between regional blocks.