February 2011


Women members of the Sudanese Policy Hub have been central to the formulation of projects that specifically target poor women.

Women members of the Sudanese Policy Hub have been central to the formulation of projects that specifically target poor women.

Representing a milestone in their engagement with national development planning, the Sudanese Policy Hub issued a series of projects aimed at supporting the livelihoods of poor livestock keepers living in all parts of the Sudan. Pasture improvement, capacity building for pastoral men and women and rangeland management are all addressed in the project proposals.
Opening the policy hub meeting, which was convened on the 27th and 28th December, 2010 in Khartoum, State Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries (MARF), H.E. Major Gen. Ismail Khameis Galab, underlined that the Ministry would like to see the Policy Hub proposing projects that would positively impact the lives of millions, including the pastoral communities and women.
Dr. Ammar Idris, IGAD LPI National Technical Focal Point remarked that the Sudanese Policy Hub has shown a remarkable shift of perception in analysing and conceptualising livestock issues in a bid to adequately address policy gaps that primarily affect the livelihoods of those poor men and women, rather than solely focussing on issues of production and export. The proposed projects, he added, would bring about changes in the lives of the poor rural communities by reducing poverty and food insecurity.
The proposed eleven projects, which encompass all aspects of livestock development from disease control to market access, will now pass to the Ministry of Finance and National Economy for budgeting and further elaboration.  

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The Ugandan Policy Hub at its latest Meeting in Kampala

The Ugandan Policy Hub at its latest Meeting in Kampala

The Ugandan Policy Hub meeting, held on the 20th and 21st January 2011 in Kampala, discussed  a proposal for the establishment and funding of a Livestock Policy Forum which will gradually replace the existing Policy Hub established under IGAD LPI thus ensuring its work continues after IGAD LPI’s implementation phase. The meeting also drew up a work plan for the year 2011 and reviewed livestock related proposals for inclusion and funding in the country’s Agricultural Sector Development Strategy Investment Plan (DSIP). 
Dr. Nicholas Kauta, IGAD LPI Steering Committee Member (SCM) for Uganda and the Acting Director of Animal Resources at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), briefed the Policy Hub on the recommendations coming out of the 6th IGAD LPI Steering Committee Meeting, which stressed the importance of sustaining the Policy Hubs and National Information Node as well as the activities initiated by IGAD LPI. During a wrap up meeting, Dr Otieno Mtula, Policy Adviser at IGAD LPI, discussed upcoming collaborative work on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) with the IGAD LPI Uganda country team. The task builds on the Regional Policy Framework agreed and will be implemented in collaboration with the “Regional Initiative in Support of Vulnerable Pastoralists and Agro-pastoralists in the Horn of Africa” Project. The Project will support decision making at field, national and regional levels.