H.E. Eng. Mahboub Maalim addressing the Meeting
H.E. Eng. Mahboub Maalim addressing the Meeting

The Executive Secretary of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Eng. Mahboub Maalim stressed the determination of the Secretariat to set up an IGAD Center for Pasoralism and Livestock Development, which would, among other things, help in maintaining the gains made by the IGAD LPI. Eng. Maalim went on further to underline the importance of livestock in poverty reduction and food security efforts in the region which is currently receives 40% of the world’s food aid. IGAD Executive Secretary made his remarks while opening the Djibouti Policy Hub meeting, on the 16th and 17th February 2011 in Djibouti, organized by IGAD LPI. In its two-day meeting, the Djibouti Policy Hub took a major step forward to review and validate pro-poor project concepts which, when ultimately incorporated in the country’s national planning document (INDS), will go a long way towards improving the livelihoods of the poor men and women who are dependent on livestock. In his remarks, H.E. Idris Abdou Ali, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Sea, also underscored the key principles of pro-poor policy making, emphasizing that the recommendations from this participatory and multi-stakeholder forum for the livestock sector will be integrated into INDS and also in CAADP.

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