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The Enhancing safe inter-regional livestock trade workshop, held in Dubai, UAE on 13-16 June 2011, was convened by a consortium of partners comprising the African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) as the lead implementing agency, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

This is the website serves as a repository of the workshop materials.

The workshop brought together chief veterinary officers and other livestock sector stakeholders from livestock exporting countries in the Horn of Africa and importing countries in the Middle East. It also included participants from the following regional and international organizations:

  • African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)
  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
  • Royal Veterinary College (RVC)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

The purpose of the workshop was to:

  1. Review the Rift Valley fever (RVF) situation in the East Africa and Middle East sub-regions;
  2. Discuss and test the use of the decision-support tool for prevention and control of RVF;
  3. Consult on a regional mechanism for coordination for prevention and control of RVF using the decision-support tool; and
  4. Discuss an approach to regional harmonization for control of other transboundary animal diseases that impact livestock trade.
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