In support of livestock development in Africa, AU-IBAR supports Member States to set and comply with essential trade standards relevant for animal and animal products including certification systems.
Livestock trade is vital to Somali pastoralists and is a main source of revenue for Somalia. Import bans for Somali livestock which have been imposed by countries in the Arabian Peninsula from time to time, have impacted negatively on the Somalia economy. Trade restrictions on live animals, by importing countries, have mainly been aimed at limiting risks associated with Rift Valley Fever (RVF) and other trade limiting diseases. To sustain trading in live animals, Somalia and the Horn of Africa countries in general, have to develop an animal health certification system, which is acceptable by both the exporting and importing countries to ensure reduced risk of introduction of RVF and other transboundary animal diseases (TADs) into the importing countries. The system should also provide for enhanced communication on sanitary information between the trading partners.
Somalia Livestock Certification Project (SOLICEP) was AU-IBAR project funded by the European Union with the objective to improve export performance of the livestock sub-sector in Somalia and Somalia ecosystem.
SOLICEP achieved the above objective through the following results:
- An animal health certification model that promotes the OIE/WTO/SPS Standards for live animals, acceptable to both importing and exporting countries is defined and tested.
- The enhancement of capacity of Somali public and private institutions to improve access to international livestock markets.
- The enhancement of linkages among relevant Somali institutions and livestock trading partners.