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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: 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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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.