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Resilient African Feed & Fodder Systems (RAFFs) Project Initiation Workshop

  • Naivasha

Kenya will on Monday host a high-level five-day workshop to discuss feed and fodder shortage and the adverse effects the crisis has caused- including a sharp increase in nutritious foods sourced from livestock.

We are all crying about the high cost of eggs and milk, which directly impacts the feed and fodder shortage crisis. The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, the growing effects of climate change, and the global COVID-19 pandemic are dire unless mitigative researched-based measures are adopted. The consequences have been dire, particularly for the family units that form the backbone of these nations. And this is a story of many countries within the Horn of Africa region.

Families have lost their income after their livestock died due to severe drought. The Monday workshop by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is timely and crucial since it will develop coordinated action to respond to feed and fodder shortages that have led to huge livestock losses.

The Horn of Africa region has lost more than 8 million livestock due to this crisis. The upcoming workshop must serve as a platform for collaboration, where experts, policymakers, and stakeholders convene to devise a unified action plan. Solutions that address the multifaceted challenges must be explored, encompassing sustainable feed and fodder practices, innovative technologies, and adaptive agricultural strategies. A successful outcome can only be achieved through international solidarity and support. It is time for the international community to rally behind these nations, offering assistance, expertise, and resources to alleviate their burdens.

My challenge to President William Ruto is to ensure that national policies prioritize climate resilience, invest in research and development, and empower local communities to engage in sustainable livestock management practices.

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The livestock crisis in Kenya and the Greater Horn of Africa region has reached alarming proportions, with more than 8 million animals lost due to feed and fodder shortages, as reported by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau (AU-IBAR) for Animal Resources.


This devastating situation has not only resulted in significant economic losses for thousands of families, but it has also made highly nutritious livestock products such as milk, meat, and eggs unaffordable for those who need them the most, according to AU-IBAR. 

The primary cause of the shortage can be attributed to the adverse effects of climate change, which have led to unpredictable weather patterns and prolonged drought seasons.

Compounding the already dire situation is the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, further exacerbating the challenges faced by the region.

View Full Post and Comments countries are headed to miss their own target of reducing hunger through better agricultural investments.

The revelations emerged on Monday at a meeting of the African Union meant to evaluate Africa’s path to towards better nutrition and eradication of extreme hunger.

And it emerged just four Member States are on track to deliver key nutrition targets, just two years to the deadline agreed on it the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods.

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The African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) organised an important Stakeholder Initiation and Consultative Workshop from 24th to 28th July 2023 in Naivasha, Kenya.

The meeting was organised under AU-IBARs Resilient African Feed and Fodder Systems (RAFFS) Project. The project aims to enhance collaboration across the continent to address issues of lack of sufficient feed and fodder which are critical for the development of livestock and agricultural sectors.

This event saw delegates from selected African Union Member States of Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe discuss pertinent issues on feed and fodder shortages amidst the triple C global crises of Climate Change, Covid-19 and the Conflict in Russia-Ukraine.

Feed and fodder are pivotal to the livestock sector, accounting for a substantial 60 to 70% of total costs. The demand for these resources has outstripped supply, leaving livestock populations undernourished and impacting productivity. The RAFFS Project aims to reverse these trends by addressing deficits and fostering sustainable development in African livestock farming. Experts shared their countries challenges, opportunities and proposed solutions to the crises.

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