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Youth and Women Engagement with Livestock Value Chains in the Horn of Africa

July 27, 2015

A workshop to explore how efficient livestock value chains can help East African women and young people improve their livelihoods opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 25. The two-day event, jointly organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Ethiopia's Ministry of Agriculture and the Ethiopian Society for Animal Production, will share lessons on inclusive livestock value chains in the six countries of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. The workshop is a follow-up to discussions held earlier in 2015 between CTA and key livestock stakeholders in Ethiopia and Kenya to identify the potential for improved livestock production systems and associated industries as a pathway out of poverty for rural communities.

Around 70 professionals are expected to attend the Youth and Women Engagement with Livestock Value Chains: Insights and Lessons from the IGAD Region workshop. Some 12 papers will be presented, with a particular focus on the benefits of involvement in livestock value chains for women and youth.

The workshop will examine the range of livestock-focused value chain initiatives currently operating in the IGAD region, as well as the role and influence of women in the design and implementation of policies and programmes on livestock issues. It will investigate the extent to which livestock policies and programmes contribute to the empowerment and welfare of women and youth and will explore the opportunities that ICTs offer youth in connection with livestock value chains. A final objective will be identifying courses of action for development organisations, in order to advance the interests of women and youth in livestock value chains.

photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann

Youth and Women Engagement with Livestock Value Chains:
Insights and Lessons from the IGAD Region
25 – 26 August 2015, ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.