29th September - 3rd October, 2014, Lake Naivasha Country Club, Kenya.
The training workshop on livestock policy decisions making tools was carried out at the Lake Naivasha country Club, Naivasha, Kenya from 29th September 2014 to 3rd October, 2014. The five-days training workshop, organized by AU-IBAR in collaboration with FAO, was attended by more than 70 public and private sector stakeholders drawn from African Members States namely Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. In attendance too were staff from AU-IBAR, FAO-ECTAD Eastern Africa, FAO-RAF office in Ghana, FAO-Rome, the OIE, COMESA, IGAD.
Participants were welcome first by Dr Baba Soumare, Chief Animal Health, AU-IBAR. Then Dr Bouna Diop, Manager FAO-ECTAD Eastern Africa and Dr. Walter Masiga OIE Representative for Eastern Africa provided welcoming remarks on behalf of their respective organization, both thanked the Member States for taking part in this workshop. They further elaborated on their institutions' respective roles in the implementation of the VET-GOV programme and reiterated their commitment to foster partnership.
The workshop was officially opened by Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy, the Director AU-IBAR. The Director welcomed all the participants and thanked them for accepting the invitation. He stated that AU-IBAR together with its technical partners and with the support of the EC will not spare any effort to establish policy analysis and formulation capacities at national and regional levels. He further challenged the participants to demonstrate that the organizers of the training have not made a mistake in targeting them and the only way to demonstrate that resources have not been wasted is to (1) apply the concepts learned, (2) disseminate the know-how within the policy hubs, (3) demonstrate the instrumentality of the learning in advancing livestock policy process in AU member states.
This training aimed to build the capacity of National Livestock Policy Focal Points, representatives of farmers organisations and the VET-GOV team and shall introduce the Ex-ante Tool for Ranking Policy Alternatives (EXTRAPOLATE) and the Livestock Sector Policy Investment Tool (LSIPT) to national livestock policy hubs and farmers organisations; facilitating the use of the EXTRAPOLATE by the livestock policy hubs in the development of policies; and facilitating consensus building on the modalities for roll-out of LSIPT on the Continent.