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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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.