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Inception workshop for the project "Building resilient pastoral communities through cross-border livestock value chains in the IGAD region"

Thursday 9 June - Friday 10 June 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

Inception workshop for the project "Building resilient pastoral communities through cross-border livestock value chains in the IGAD region"

Livestock in sub-Saharan Africa represents on average 30% of the Agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and about 10% of the national GDP.

It is estimated that most of the 250 million people in arid and semi arid lands depend on livestock for their income and livelihoods in this region. However, the sector is seriously constrained by animal diseases, inadequate investments and poor policies; among others Furthermore, unfavorable government policies have contributed to under-funding from the public and private sectors, as well as contributed to poorly functioning institutional settings and weak implementation capacity of policies, regulations and standards that can enhance inter-member states and external trade.