On May 15th-19th and May 29th – June 2nd 2017, AU-IBAR, under the Vet. Gov Programme supported the development of the Lesotho and Zimbabwe Livestock Development Strategic Plans for 2018-2022, respectively. The drafting of the Livestock Development Strategic Plans was undertaken by the National Livestock Policy Hub Working group with the technical guidance of Dr Mphumuzi Sukati, Senior Policy Officer of Economics, Trade and Marketing Unit at AU-IBAR and Dr Peter G. Sinyangwe, VET-GOV Project Coordinator at SADC. The overall objective or focus for 2018-2022 Zimbabwe Livestock Development Strategy is 'Increasing the contribution of the livestock sector to inclusive income generations and food and nutrition security' while that of Lesotho is to 'Promote sustainable rural livelihoods especially amongst youth and women'.
A meeting was held in Entebbe, Uganda on 27th-28th June 2017 on Livestock Socio-economics and Policy Network (LSPNet) by AU-IBAR and FAO. LSPNet was established in 2013 to address the inadequate policies and unsound investment in animal health and livestock in general.
The aim of the workshop was to discuss the findings of the status of the four key ingredients supporting evidence-based policymaking and chart the way forward to address the gaps; Share information on livestock policy related projects in Africa and outputs from the projects and explore targeted roles that the LSPNet can undertake to further interventions in support of (i) gaps identified from the policy capacity studies (ii) current global animal health concerns.
Presentations on "Current status of livestock development in Africa, challenges and policy implications" and on "Livestock Policy landscape in Africa" were made by Dr Mphumuzi Sukati, who heads the economics, trade and marketing unit of AU-IBAR. Dr Anne Kigezo (Programme Officer – AU-IBAR) made a presentation on "VET-GOV successful livestock policy formulation case studies, LIDESA and its implication for livestock policies in Africa" Key outcomes of the workshop were the need to maintain the LSPNET and to find ways of integrating livestock economics in veterinary curriculum for training institution in Africa.
With the technical and financial backstopping from AU-IBAR and within the framework of the VET-GOV programme, COMESA held a livestock forum in Port Louis, Mauritius on the 11-12th April 2017.
During the Forum, it was agreed to establish the Regional Livestock Policy Hub (RLPH) to provide effective and efficient animal health, production and trade services within the COMESA region.
The Forum was attended by participants from AU-IBAR, COMESA Secretariat, OIE, FAO, USAID, Tufts University and Regional Economic Communities(COMESA, EAC and IGAD) in addition to representatives from Comoros, Kenya, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and participants from the Regional Farmers Organizations (EAFF, SACAU).
The forum was officially opened by H.E. Mr. Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, the Minister of Agro-Industry, Mauritius following remarks from Dr Mphumuzi Sukati, Senior Policy Officer, Economics, trade and Marketing on behalf of Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, the Director AU-IBAR and Mr. Thierry Mutombo Kalonji, Director of Industry and Agriculture, on behalf of COMESA Secretariat.
- The 8th VET-GOV Programme Steering Committee and the 6th Steering Committee of the Consolidation phase of PAN-SPSO
- AU-IBAR and The Government of The Islamic Republic of The Gambia Launch Regional Policy Hub
- National Livestock Policy Hub (NLPH) meeting and Official Launching of the Republic of Mali National Animal Resources Data Management Platform (ARDMP)
- The Ghana National Animal Resources Data Management Platform (ARDMP) officially launched