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PENHA's Somaliland representative, Sadia Ahmed and Uganda Project Officer, Elizabeth Katushabe, are invited to the African Union consultation on Pastoralism

PENHA's Country Representative for Somaliland and its Project Officer for Uganda have been invited to a Policy Dialogue Session and Capacity Building of Pastor Groups and Network. The meeting is taking place in Kampala, Uganda. The aim is to operationlize the African Union's Policy Framework on Pastoralism.

The African Union Policy Framework on Pastoralism was adopted by the Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture in Lilongwe, Malawi in October 2010 and later endorsed by the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government in January 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This policy framework recognizes pastoralism as a dominant livelihood system in all regions of Africa. Through pastoralism, large quantities of livestock and livestock products are produced for the domestic, regional and international markets, thereby contributing significantly to national and regional economies in Africa. Given the importance of pastoralism, this Policy Framework seeks to secure, protect and improve the livelihoods and rights of African pastoralists.

The dialogue would bring together representatives of pastoral associations and societies, civil society organizations, RECs and partners and has the following objectives:

  1. To provide a clearer understanding of the economic contribution of pastoralism to African countries and justify public resource allocation to the livestock sector and especially pastoralism;
  2. To defend the social and economic value debate of pastoralism to the continent;
  3. To illustrate and evaluate the challenges faced by pastoralist communities across the continent;
  4. To identify and document national, regional and continent-wide best practices in pastoralism and propose strategies for sharing and or replicating them across the continent; and
  5. To formulate proposals for governments to deepen the implementation of the AU Pastoralism Policy framework in support pastoralism.

The concept note distributed in advance of the consultation can be seen here as a pdf (258 kb).