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18 April, 2019 Entebbe, Uganda: Through an EU-funded project on "strengthening the capacity of African countries to conservation and sustainable utilization of African animal genetic resources (AnGRs) implemented by AU-IBAR, IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) was financed  to develop a Regional Model Policy/Legal Framework for Conservation, Sustainable Utilization and Access and Benefit Sharing of Farm Animal Genetic Resources. It was validated in a regional workshop in August, 2018 in Nairobi by all member states and development partners. IGAD/ ICPALD convened a regional stakeholder workshop in Entebbe, Uganda from 18-20th April, 2019 to create awareness and lobby for domestication of the model policy and legal framework by member states. Thirty-three participants included technical staff from ministries responsible for animal resources from IGAD MS, ICPALD, ILRI, ICARDA and FAOSFE participated. The workshop concluded with a visit to the Ugandan animal genetic resource center and data bank and the sub-regional gene bank that has been refurbished and equipped by AU-IBAR.

Dr. Juliet Sentumbwe, the commissioner of MAAIF, Animal Production division officially opened the three days workshop. She emphasized on the need to enhance awareness and facilitate domestication of the model policy and legal framework at member states (MS) level. This will help safeguard African animal genetics especially of transboundary breeds, those at risk of extinction and those resistant to a number of diseases. Welcome remarks also made by Dr. Solomon Munyua, ICPALD Director and Dr. Edward Nengomasha on behalf of AU-IBAR Director. The meeting made the following recommendations and way forward:


  1. MS should coordinate stakeholders and timely domesticate the IGAD regional model policy and legal framework on AnGR as per the time line agreed or before as appropriate
  2. AU-IBAR and IGAD should finalize material transfer agreement and memorandum of understanding that will facilitate interested countries to utilize the sub-regional gene bank in Entebbe, Uganda
  3. MS that are yet to initiate or finalize domestication of global plan of action on AnGR should strive to put in place the national plan of action as a matter of urgency while those who have developed move forward with implementation,
  4. MS should promote public private partnership on management and utilization of AnGRs
  5. Research partners such as ILRI, ICARDA should design simple messages on key findings of AnGR research and share to stakeholders for dissemination


                                                                  ICPALD expresses appreciation to AU-IBAR and EU for funding this activity.



Naivasha, Kenya; 2-3rd April, 2019:In August, 2018, IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) with financial support from USAID facilitated for Ethiopia and Kenya to develop an implementation framework (IF) to operationalise the signed MoU on cross-border cooperation and coordination on animal health and sanitary measures. The IF put in place coordinated arrangements that included establishment of joint steering committees (JSC) at national level and multidisciplinary technical committees (MTC) at sub-national levels to follow up and monitor implementation of agreed activities under various strategic objectives. As a follow up, a bilateral  workshop was convened with financial support from the World Bank funded Regional Pastoral Livelihood Resilience Project (RPLRP) to officially launch the two committees (JSC & MTC) and agree on harmonized procedures. The meeting was attended by JSC and MTC members from the Ministries of the two countries responsible for animal resources and bordering regional states and countries and implementing partners/projects ; namely, FAO, DRC, VSF-G and GIZ.

Dr. Michael Cheruiyot officially opened the meeting on behalf of the Chief Veterinary Officer, Kenya. He reminded participants on the significant role of the MOU in creating an enabling environment to prevent and control Trans-boundary Diseases in a coordinated manner and facilitate uninterrupted trade in livestock. The meeting was also addressed by Dr. Alemayehu Makonnen, the CVO, Ethiopia and Dr. Solomon Munyua, the Director of ICPALD. The meeting made the following recommendations and way forward;

Recommendations and way forward

  1. Governments of Ethiopia and Kenya should use the upcoming events to continue popularizing the MOU signed by Ministers and endorsed implementation framework to development partners, policy makers (national/ federal and regional/ county governments) and other stakeholders along the livestock value chain for buy-in and contribution for achieving the objectives ;
  2. ICPALD should support cross border meetings to evaluate effectiveness of disease control activities and lessons learnt between the two countries,
  3. Ethiopia and Kenya should develop a harmonized disease vaccination calendar and implement along the border
  4. ICPALD should share a template with the two countries for sharing progress reports on cross-border animal health activities on a quarterly basis,
  5. JSC and MTC should continuously advocate for national/ regional or county resources (from existing budget and manpower) and develop bankable proposals for resource mobilization from development partners to complement the two government efforts to implement activities in the IF among others,
  6. Future JSC and MTC meetings should consider participation of coordinators of non-cross border programs to build synergy for efficient delivery of services,

ICPALD expresses appreciation to the RPLRP project /World Bank for funding this activity



28 March 2019, Addis Ababa, (Ethiopia): IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) with financial support from USAID organized a bilateral two days meeting between Ethiopia and Somalia technical teams in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 26-27th March, 2019 to develop an implementation framework to operationalize the Memorandum of Understanding on crossborder cooperation and coordination on animal health and sanitary measures. This was followed by a one-day meeting of Ministers responsible for animal resources in the two countries on 28th March, 2019 who signed the MoU that will strengthen the two countries’ cooperation and collaboration along their common border to address animal health issues including disease surveillance, disease control and timely sharing of animal health and trade information Participants included Ministers, protocol officers, Somalia ambassador to Ethiopia, Veterinary technical staff from national and regional/ state governments, FAO, ICPALD and community leader.

 H.E Mr. Umer Hussien, the Minister of Agriculture, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, opened the Ministerial meeting. He emphasized the need for Ethiopia and Somalia to work together in a harmonized approach in terms information sharing, disease prevention and control, livestock movement control, vaccination, disease surveillance, among others for the benefit of each country. This will mitigate animal disease outbreaks, ensure continued crossborder and international trade in livestock especially with Middle East countries. This will contribute to improved income to the crossborder communities and the two countries in general. Remarks were also made by H.E Hussein Mohamud Sheikh Hussein, the Minister of Livestock, Forestry and Range, the Federal Democratic Republic of Somalia and Dr. Ameha Sebsibe on behalf of ICPALD Director.   

 The two meetings achieved the following:

  • The first meeting of technical staff drafted an implementation framework to operationalize the MOU and established a governance structures
  • The two Ministers signed the cross border MoU.

 The ministerial meeting committed to:

  • Advocate and maintain political will at the highest level of our two countries in support of the Memorandum of Understanding and the draft Implementation Framework aimed at operationalizing the MOU
  • Mobilize required resources from within our respective countries, together with IGAD and from the Donor community to fund various activities in the MoU areas of cooperation and the draft implementation framework (IF)

 ICPALD expresses appreciation to USAID for funding this activity



26-02-2019, Kenya: Livestock production and livelihoods in the IGAD region are constrained by increased frequency of drought that has led to inadequate fodder and water and health issues and often resulted in loss of animals and livelihoods by the community. This calls for promotion of livestock insurance for pastoral communities to serve as one way to mitigate losses to pastoralists through mortalities. The regional livestock working group meeting was organized by IGAD/ICPALD and FAO on 26th February, 2019 and reviewed livestock insurance initiatives being undertaken in Kenya ;  Ethiopia and by  partners. The good practices, challenges and policy gaps were identified and documented for follow up actions by all IGAD member states

 The presentations covered the following: A brief on the Kenya livestock Insurance Program(KLIP);  Product Design, Lessons learnt and sustainable scaling (IRLI), Current challenges and opportunities of public and private livestock insurance markets in Kenya, The role of Government and private sector in the intervention (Nyala Insurance Share Company, Ethiopia) and Livestock Insurance; from Emergency to Resilience Building  (World Bank)


  • ICPALD and FAO should support the development of a regional strategy and policy framework to coordinate and guide the uptake of livestock insurance in the region
  • ICPALD, FAO and ILRI should organize a regional stakeholders meeting to share good practices and key issues affecting livestock insurance uptake, publicize the initiatives and strive for scale up in other member states that are yet to initiate index based livestock insurance (IBLI).


11 February 2019, ENTEBBE, Uganda: The 51st Greater Horn Of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 51) organized by the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with the Uganda National Meteorological Agency (UNMA) and partners, on “Preparedness actions to climate related risks for safe and resilient communities” opened today in Entebbe under the leadership of Hon. Songa Lawrence, Chair of the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change (PFCC) at the Parliament of Uganda.

The forum is bringing together climate experts, decision makers, non-governmental organizations, civil society stakeholders, users of climate information and representatives of climate sensitive sectors such as Agriculture, Livestock and Food Security, Energy and Hydropower, Water Resources, Health and Public Safety, Disaster Management, Tourism and Wildlife, Settlement, Marine and Economic Planning, and the Media.

The main objectives of this Climate Outlook Forum are to:

  • Review lessons from the past seasonal forecast;
  • Follow up on the implementation of mitigation measures proposed by the last forecast;
  • Co-develop a consensus regional Climate Outlook for the March to May 2019 rainfall season;
  • Co-develop impact advisories for key socio-economic sectors and disseminate mitigation strategies;
  • Provide a regional interaction platform for decision makers, climate scientists, researchers and users of climate information.

 In his opening remarks, Hon. Songa Lawrence encouraged climate scientists to identify the gaps and call on the policy makers to play their role in bridging those gaps. He stressed that policy makers should be convinced of the critical role of climate prediction and information dissemination to end users.

 The Director of ICPAC, Dr. Guleid Artan, said that by “bringing together countries that have common climatological characteristics, the forum ensures consistency in the access to and interpretation of climate information”.

 Dr. Festus Luboyera-Executive Director Uganda National Meteorological Authority, Dr. Justus Kabyemera-Representative of African Development Bank (AfDB), and Mr John Mungai-Representative WISER Programme also took the floor during the opening session.

 ICPAC member countries are Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.



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