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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Main challenges affecting the pastoralists in the ACP countries

22 February. Brussels. CTA Brussels Development Briefing: Pastoralism. The Briefing provided an overview of the main challenges affecting the pastoralists, especially in the ACP countries, and the opportunities provided by existing continental and regional policy frameworks and processes.

It shared good practices and experiences from the field across regions and identified what urgent and concrete policy actions need to be in place to increase support pastoralism.
The Briefing was organised with the African Union Commission and in collaboration with the Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern Africa Pastoralism

Field stories illustrated innovative practices in various areas of importance for rural development in different regions:
  • Options for enhancing resilience in pastoral systems: Shirley Tarawali,Director of Institutional Planning, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Improving market access and the opportunities in the regional market: the case of dairy products: Maryam Abeiderrahmane,CEO,Tiviski Dairy, Mauritania
  • Adaptation and mitigation to Climate change and coping mechanisms from pastoralists:
  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Coordinator of Bororo nomadic peoples association, Chad
  • Pastoral field schools and proximity learning in a climate change perspective: Joep Van Mierlo, Director, Vétérinaires sans Frontières, Belgium

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, coordinator of the Chadian Association of Indigenous Mbororo women and peoples (AFPAT), and the Sahel region representative at the Indigenous Peoples of African Coordinating Committee (IPACC). She explains the situation of Indigenous people amid the food crisis and shared some of the preliminary findings of the RIO+20 preparation, in which she takes part.

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Sahel Region representative at IPACC from CTA on Vimeo.

Maryam Abeiderrahmane, CEO at Tiviski Dairy, in Mauritania, explains that the beginning of Tiviski was difficult as a result of several factors, including traditional prejudices against selling milk, as well as consumer preferences for imported goods. Notably, she underlines that Mauritania has faced trade barriers when dealing with the EU.

Maryam Abeiderrahmane, CEO, Tiviski from CTA on Vimeo.

Joep Van Mierlo, Director of Veterinarians Without Borders-Belgium, speaks about the main goals of the VSF in Africa.

Joep Van Mierlo, VSF-Belgium from CTA on Vimeo.

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