Wednesday, June 7, 2017

THE GLOBAL AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK: 8-12 MAY 2017, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA







The Deputy Minister, Hon. Dr. Samuel Chief Ankama was officially delegated to attend the 7th Multi Stakeholder Partnership Meeting in Addis Ababa. He was accompanied by Mr. Renier D. Burger, Deputy Director for aquaculture in the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries. The main purpose of this official mission was to network with the international livestock sector towards promoting freshwater aquaculture as an integrated component of livestock (and crop/horticulture) farming in order to improve the viability and profitability of such integrated farming system.
Honourable Ankama and Mr. Burger represented Namibia in several group meetings. Hon. Dr. Ankama was also selected for the main panel discussion were he highlighted the importance of livestock farming (including aquaculture) in communal and commercial areas in Namibia with special reference to women headed households and women as owners of livestock/fish ponds.

THE GLOBAL AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK
 The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock farming/herding provides a platform, regionally and locally rooted, to comprehensively address the sector’s multiple challenges towards sustainable development. Its main orientation is based on the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and aligns all its activities to advance the contribution of livestock to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Aquaculture display at the International Livestock Research Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 The 7th Multi Stakeholder Partnership Meeting focused on the multiple benefits that livestock-based solutions can provide for a broad range of stakeholders. This focus is a logical follow up of the 6th meeting held during 2016 in Panama where the links between sustainable livestock sector development and achieving of the SDGs were demonstrated.
 The meeting was guided by a multi-faceted 5 day program where, among others, tools to facilitate sustainable livestock sector development were  discussed, cases of practice change were demonstrated and learning tours to show local efforts towards sustainable sector development took place.
Venue of the Livestock Forum: Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa
 The meeting was held at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa from 8-12 May 2017and brought together more than 250 livestock specialists from over 50 countries to demonstrate the positive contribution of livestock to the lives and wellbeing of hundreds of millions of people on the planet, and foster the sustainable development of this rapidly-growing sector. Key actors in the livestock sector worldwide, donors, government and public sector representatives, UN agencies, multilateral and non-government organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector came together to discuss and propose how to best foster the sustainable development of this rapidly growing sector. Driven by population and economic growth, particularly in lowmiddle income economies, the demand for livestock products is expected to increase by about 70% in the coming 30 years. Whilst the livestock sector contributes to society in so many ways, including to food and nutrition security, it can also pose challenges to the environment and human health. This astronomical demand presents opportunities for the livestock sector to contribute to global development challenges by promoting sustained economic growth, inclusive social and human development, and the efficient use of natural resources.
 IMPORTANT TAKE-AWAY FOR NAMBIA FROM THIS FORUM

Namibia as a member of the UN are implementing provisions of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and protection of the environment as captured in Namibia’s Constitution, Vision 2030, the SWAPO Party Manifesto, Harambee Prosperity Plan, the consecutive five year National Development Plans implemented by relevant line ministries by means of five year Strategic Plans. Namibia also partake in several multilateral and bi-lateral agreements/cooperation in the sub-region and internationally with regard to the livestock sector.
Namibia is the world leader with regard to community management of livestock and natural resources by means of conservancies under the Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) approach. Conservation farming in communal areas should focus more on integrated farming practises by integrating crops, livestock and aquaculture to improve viability and profitability/income of households/farmers.