AU-IBAR, together with several government departments, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, the General Organisation for Veterinary Service, the Agricultural Research Centre, representatives of technical support agencies in Egypt, representatives of the International Livestock Research Institute, and various experts involved in the priority dairy and fish resources value chains in Egypt, convened a donor seminar on 20th July 2022. Several donors attended the seminar.
At the official opening of the seminar, AU-IBAR’s Acting Executive Director, Dr Nick Nwankpa, noted that the development of the Livestock and Fisheries Master Plan and Mega Investment Plans require significant technical and financial resources entailing a partnership approach as the initial investment towards achieving this goal. The Acting Director appealed to the development partners and technical institutions to help the Government and people of the Arab Republic of Egypt to develop the LFMP for the priority areas in line with Egypt Sustainable Agriculture Development Strategy, 2030.
Before the donor seminar, AU-IBAR and ILRI supported a two-day workshop with Egyptian stakeholders to validate the action plan for the development of the Livestock and Fish Master Plan and the mega-investment programmes in the two value chains. The Plan and Mega-Investment Programs in the livestock and fisheries sectors will provide a more strategic approach to investment and opportunities for socio-economic development and industrial growth. The LFMP will strengthen the capacity of the two industries to contribute to the national development goals outlined in the Egypt Sustainable Agriculture Development Strategy, the Africa Agenda 2063, the Malabo Declaration, and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area goals, mitigation of climate change targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.
AU-IBAR has also supported Egypt in the National Stakeholders Consultative Workshop for Building Consensus and Road Map for Improving the Utilisation and Enhancing the Investment in Dairy Livestock and Fish Value Chains in Egypt in June 2021. The workshop assessed the mega-investment programmes in the two value chains in the light of the Sustainable Agriculture Development Strategy to feed into the process of developing the LFMP. These activities are being implemented under the Live2Africa Project, funded by the European Union.