IGAD: E.Africa ministers call for free movement of pastoralists

  • November 21, 2020
  • Written by AARON GAD ORENA
Photo from Observer paper 2020

The ministers have called for free movement of pastoralists

Agriculture ministers from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region have called for the adoption of a protocol on transhumance that would ease the movement of pastoralists across member states.

IGAD is a regional integrated block that was created in 1986 to promote trade among other things and comprises of eight member states, that include Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

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The process of developing the protocol was set in motion by the need to secure the survival of migrant pastoral communities, who sometimes move across borders in search of water and pasture for their animals.

The protocol formulation process that has been majorly consultative thus far is informed by the African Union continental policy framework on pastoralism as well as the regional and bilateral agreement between IGAD member states who seek to maximize pastoralism’s economic potential while minimizing animal disease spread.

For more details about the article read more from the observer paper

Published by COPACSO Uganda

The Coalition for Pastoralist Civil Society Organizations (COPACSO) was formed to provide a platform for member organizations to engage in policy formulation and advocacy for recognition of pastoralism and the right of pastoralists to benefit from national and local resources.

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