Improving exports of livestock & meat from the Horn
The project “Improving supply of safe and quality livestock and meat exported from the Horn of Africa to (HoA) Middle East and Gulf Countries”, jointly implemented by FAO and IGAD (Inter-Governmental Authority on Development), has issued its first newsletter (July 2016, 2pp). The project aims to enhance livelihoods and incomes of pastoral and agropastoral communities in the IGAD region through improved competitiveness of the livestock and meat trade to the Middle East and Gulf countries. Its four main outputs are: i) training, awareness and capacity building for the major actors in livestock and meat value chains; ii) water and pasture available to animals along the trade routes; iii) functioning regional livestock market information network; and iv) improved business relations between HoA and the Middle East and Gulf countries. This regional initiative is implemented in seven countries: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. It started in 2015 and the second phase kicks in on 1 September 2016.