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.

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.