November 2010


Dr Otieno Mtula, IGAD LPI Livestock Policy Adviser, speaking at the Sudan Policy Hub Meeting in Khartoum

Dr Otieno Mtula, IGAD LPI Livestock Policy Adviser, speaking at the Sudan Policy Hub Meeting in Khartoum

The Sudanese Policy Hub meeting on the 8th – 9th November 2010, discussed ways of institutionalising their Policy Hub and Information Node, established through IGAD LPI, into the Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries (MARF). The policy hub further discussed ways of ensuring sustainable funding to maintain momentum beyond the life of IGAD LPI, and continue addressing challenges the livestock keepers face in sustaining their livelihoods. The Policy Hub formed a special committee to meet senior MARF officials and the Head of the Agriculture Committee in the National Assembly and advocate the recommendations coming out of the meeting. They will convey the message that Sudan needs more emphasis on pro-poor policy making for the benefit of the livestock dependent poor.

Participants of the meeting on the contribution of livestock in the Ethiopian economy

Participants of the meeting on the contribution of livestock in the Ethiopian economy

A multi-sectoral body, which convened on November 4, 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, discussed the implications of an IGAD LPI report that indicates livestock’s contribution to the Ethiopian economy has been dramatically underestimated by currently used methodologies. They concluded by establishing a task force under the chairmanship of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) which will recommend improvements to the existing system.

Opening the meeting, Mr Leulseged Dechasa, Director of National Accounts at MoFED, stressed the fact that although livestock provide livelihoods and vital services to over 80 percent of the Ethiopian rural population, the national accounts has not fully reflected this. He welcomed the report and subsequent options it offers for refining MoFED’s approach. 
 
Dr Dil Peeling, Chief Technical Advisor to the IGAD Livestock Policy Initiative (LPI), on his part, underlined the importance of sound National Income Accounting in making informed decisions on resource allocation and in targeting poverty.

The formation of the Taskforce, he remarked, would be one big step to explore the current accounting practice of MoFED, the new findings of the IGAD LPI study.

The taskforce comprises senior researchers and officials from MoFED, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Central Statistics Authority, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Pastoralist Forum of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research. 

The study will shortly be available from the IGAD LPI website.