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.

The PS of Kenya, Mr-Lusaka, speaking to IGAD LPI taem

The PS of Kenya, Mr Kenneth Lusaka, speaking to IGAD LPI taem in his office in Nairobi

IGAD LPI team met H.E. Kenneth M. Lusaka, the Permanent Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Livestock Development, on July 8th, 2010 and discussed ways through which the Policy Forum and the Information Node, which were created by the Project, could be fully and sustainably integrated within government structures. Dr Abdi Jama, Livestock Information Advisor of IGAD LPI, briefed H.E. Lusaka on the critical importance of sustainability of the policy hub and the information node in Kenya to formulate and implement pro-poor policies as well as getting the livestock agenda fully promoted in the Kenyan National Development Planning. He also briefed the permanent secretary of the upcoming study on the contribution of livestock to the Kenyan national GDP, which would be undertaken soon by an international consultant in collaboration with national experts at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Commending what has been so far achieved by IGAD LPI, H.E. Kenneth M. Lusaka underscored the fact that even though livestock plays an important role in the national GDP, its profile still needs to be raised in order to keep the sector develop further to bring about a positive change in the lives of the poor livestock keepers in Kenya and across other IGAD member states. He said his Ministry would look into ways to strengthen the institutionalization processes of IGAD LPI programmes with the support of the Kenyan country national team. He further noted that the GDP study would be one significant input for their national accounts and his Ministry would be pleased to support the consultant in every way.