October 2010


The Policy Hub discussing PRSP issues, Khartoum

The Policy Hub discussing PRSP issues, Khartoum

A working group, a subset of the Sudanese livestock Policy Hub, held a meeting on the 3th October 2010 in Khartoum, Sudan to continue to develop and refine viable livestock development projects with the aim of augmenting the profile of livestock in the Sudanese country poverty eradication strategy paper. The working group consists of representatives from government ministries, pastoralist unions, civil Society organizations, women affairs, NGOs and the private sector.

Opening the one day session, the IGAD LPI National Technical Focal Point, Dr. Ammar Sheikh underscored the need to focus on the development of project proposals and programs that have the potential to contribute on improving on livelihoods of the livestock keepers as well as to the overall alleviation on poverty and food insecurity in the Sudan,

The IGAD LPI National Technical Focal Point, Dr. Ammar Sheikh and Dr. Abdi Jama of IGAD LPI briefed the Sudanese IGAD LPI Steering Committee member, Dr. Kamal Tagelsir Elsheikh on recent developments in the project and exchanged views with regard to the sustainably of institutions set up by IGAD LPI such as Policy Hub and National Information Node.  Dr. Elsheikh expressed his confidence that these institutions will receive support from the Ministry of Animal Resource and Fisheries beyond the life of the project given their importance and contributions so far to capacity building on pro- poor livestock policy making in the Sudan.

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Dr Dil Peeling meeting with STVS's Dean, Dr Abdullahi Sheikh Mohamed

Dr Dil Peeling meeting with STVS's Dean, Dr Abdullahi Sheikh Mohamed

As a service to all stakeholders to the livestock sector throughout Somalia, IGAD LPI has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sheik Technical Veterinary School to develop an information node, through which livestock related data and information can both be accessed, and uploaded into the IGAD LPI data portal.

In turn, the school will support evidence based policy making in IGAD LPI working groups in South/Central Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland, through Information Coordinators. The fibre-optic cable which is planned for Sheik and Berbera in the near future will further allow the school to access IGAD LPI’s wealth of spatial data.

IGAD LPI will provide a training at the school for the information coordinators in the near future, in order the familiarise them with the IGAD LPI information system. In preparation, IGAD LPI’s CTA, Dil Peeling, visited the school’s Reference Centre, where he reviewed the school’s impressive IT capacity with its manager, Dr Ibrahim Osman Suleiman and the school’s Dean, Dr. Abdullahi Sheikh Mohamed.