Livestock Sector Contribution to CAADP Underestimated-VET-GOV

The Veterinary Governance Programme (VET-GOV) has observed that the potential and contribution of the livestock sector on food security and poverty alleviation under CAADP has been underestimated.

African Union VET-GOV Programme Coordinator Dr. Baboucarr Jaw said livestock accounts for 35% of agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 10% of the average national GDP in Africa.

Speaking during the workshop on Development of Support Strategy and Action Plan for Livestock Farmers Association and Apex Organisation, held from 23-25th April 2014 in Arusha Tanzania, Dr. Jaw said the livestock sector lacked strong governance institutions and policies.

“The absence of strong governance, institutional and policy failures, gross under-representation in national policy documents has resulted in the sector not contributing as much as it might have,’’ Dr. Jaw observed.

COMESA VET-GOV Programme Coordinator Dr. Yoseph Mamo said CAADP provides an appropriate framework to increase visibility of the livestock sector and its contribution to food security and poverty alleviation in Africa.

Dr. Mamo said it was important to do gap analyses of the National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIPs) to assess whether livestock has been adequately represented.

He said VET-GOV Programme in COMESA has done gap analyses of the NAIPs in member states to ensure livestock issues are adequately represented.

The meeting recommended the establishment of an umbrella regional livestock sector association and Livestock Councils at national levels to address governance, institutional and policy gaps.

During the meeting, delegates went on a field visit to Shalom Poultry Association in Arusha where women have come together to breed indigenous chickens for income generation.

The workshop was attended by the European Union (EU), East African Farmers Federation (EAFF), Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU), Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Livestock Producers’ Associations from COMESA, East African Community (EAC), and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Livestock producer associations and Farmers’ organizations that attended the meeting from COMESA came from included Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan and Zambia.

VET-GOV is a Programme of the African Union’s InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) with a vision to leverage the potential of the livestock sector to contribute significantly to poverty and hunger reduction. The Programme is funded by the European Union (EU).

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