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

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Opinion: The Horn of Africa’s Livestock Feed and Fodder Crisis Demands Urgent Action Read more:

Posted by Fiona Imbali on 13 June 2024 1:35 PM CAT
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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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