July 2010


IGAD LPI team confers with the Kenyan National Statistics Bureau

IGAD LPI team confers with the Kenyan National Statistics Bureau

An IGAD LPI meeting with officials and experts from the Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics focuses on the importance of employing and sharing evidence-based data and information to enhance the profile of livestock at the national budgetary systems. Explaining the ongoing efforts of IGAD LPI to have the livestock sector receive better representation in the national planning and accounts in all IGAD member states, Dr Abdi Jama stressed the need to further promote the culture and the practice of livestock information sharing across government, and the role of NGOs, CBOs and international organizations in helping help policy makers realise the potential of livestock for economic development and poverty eradication.

Mr Patrick M. Mwaniki, a senior manager for agriculture and livestock sector statistics at KNBS, mentioned that the technical committee of his unit is keen to work with IGAD LPI in sharing livestock related data and information and looks forward to exploring the level of representation of the livestock sector in the national accounts. 

The IGAD LPI team had also paid a courtesy visit H.E. Aden Bare Duale, Assistant Minister of Livestock Development along the Kenyan country team members to update him on project activities and achievement.

 

The PS of Kenya, Mr-Lusaka, speaking to IGAD LPI taem

The PS of Kenya, Mr Kenneth Lusaka, speaking to IGAD LPI taem in his office in Nairobi

IGAD LPI team met H.E. Kenneth M. Lusaka, the Permanent Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Livestock Development, on July 8th, 2010 and discussed ways through which the Policy Forum and the Information Node, which were created by the Project, could be fully and sustainably integrated within government structures. Dr Abdi Jama, Livestock Information Advisor of IGAD LPI, briefed H.E. Lusaka on the critical importance of sustainability of the policy hub and the information node in Kenya to formulate and implement pro-poor policies as well as getting the livestock agenda fully promoted in the Kenyan National Development Planning. He also briefed the permanent secretary of the upcoming study on the contribution of livestock to the Kenyan national GDP, which would be undertaken soon by an international consultant in collaboration with national experts at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Commending what has been so far achieved by IGAD LPI, H.E. Kenneth M. Lusaka underscored the fact that even though livestock plays an important role in the national GDP, its profile still needs to be raised in order to keep the sector develop further to bring about a positive change in the lives of the poor livestock keepers in Kenya and across other IGAD member states. He said his Ministry would look into ways to strengthen the institutionalization processes of IGAD LPI programmes with the support of the Kenyan country national team. He further noted that the GDP study would be one significant input for their national accounts and his Ministry would be pleased to support the consultant in every way.

H.E. Eng. Mahboub M. Maalim, with Tryps workshop participants

H.E. Eng. Mahboub M. Maalim, with Tryps workshop participants

Kenya, Nairobi, July 7-8, 2010 – A two day workshop on control of Tsetse fly and Trypanosomiasis (T&T) was held in Nairobi to discuss a study on T&T in the IGAD region. The study showed how geographic information systems (GIS) could be applied to identify areas of high benefit for T+T control, informing policy decisions.

In the light of the serious threat that T&T pose to the health and livelihoods of the millions of people in the IGAD Region and across many parts of Africa, IGAD Livestock Policy Initiative has supported this innovative research project.

Officially opening the workshop, H.E. Eng. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD, noted that livestock is a major livelihood resource for the majority of poor farmers and pastoralists across the IGAD region and hence the control of Tsetse fly and Trypanosomiasis is one of the key strategic issues in reducing food insecurity and poverty.

Chief veterinary officers from IGAD member states, experts from the African Union (AU), FAO and IGAD Secretariat, and Country Coordinators of the Pan-African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC) attended the two day workshop.

The workshop, which was organized by IGAD LPI also offered a forum for decision makers from IGAD member states, AU and donor communities and other regional organizations to share experiences on the control of Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis, as well as familiarize participants with new analytical techniques that can assist in selecting priority areas for Trypanosomiasis intervention at both regional and national levels

Background information:
Tsetse flies infest more than 10 million km2 of Africa, where they are vectors of trypanosomiasis (also called sleeping sickness); in man and domestic livestock and so affect the lives and the livelihoods of poor livestock keepers. The disease is caused by subspecies of the parasite Trypanosoma brucei, carried by the tsetse fly. Worldwide, approximately 40,000 new cases of both East and West African trypanosomiasis are reported each year. However, the majority of cases are not reported due to a lack of infrastructure and it is likely that there are more than 100,000 new cases annually. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development Livestock Policy Initiative (IGAD LPI) organized this workshop as part of its mandate in promoting pro-poor policy making process in the IGAD region.

IGAD LPI is a capacity building project being implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in cooperation with IGAD. The project purpose is to “strengthen the capacity in IGAD, its member states, other regional organizations and other stakeholders to formulate and implement livestock sector and related policies that sustainably reduce food insecurity and poverty”. LPI is funded by the European Union.

Read more about IGAD and IGAD LPI at: http://www.igad.int; on LPI at:
http://www.igad-lpi.org

A workshop on “Livelihoods, Gender & Livestock” equips the African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) to address the livelihoods needs of poor men and women.

The workshop, conducted from 26 to 27 May, 2010 in Nairobi, was given to AU-IBAR as part of IGAD LPI’s programme of building capacity to support the livelihoods of poor men and women. The workshop highlighted the role of policies and institutions in shaping the livelihoods strategies of poor livestock keepers, particularly poor women.

Speaking on the workshop, Dr Dil Peeling, Chief Technical Advisor of IGAD LPI, said the workshop was timely since AU-IBAR has just embarked on the implementation phase of its new strategic plan (2010-2014) which now wholly focuses the organisation on the reduction of poverty and hunger, through cooperation with Africa’s Regional Economic Communities. “IGAD LPI’s purpose and AU-IBAR’s vision are now very closely aligned” said Dr. Peeling. “After nearly 5 years of operating in the same field, our conclusion is that we can only use livestock to reduce poverty if we look at how poor men and women actually use livestock to get themselves out of poverty. We therefore wanted to share our experiences with AU-IBAR though this workshop. “The workshop’s messages can be challenging to those who have always seen livestock’s value as being purely in terms of production and international trade” he added “but the AU-IBAR participants had no problem taking on board our analysis, and then enriching it from their own experiences.”

Photo: IGAD LPI Gender Consultant, Sehin Teferra, facilitating the workshop