Speech of the Head of the Delegation of the European Union
Ambassador Jean-Michel Dumond
On the occasion of the inception workshop of Livestock Epidemio-
Surveillance Project to Support Livelihoods of vulnerable rural smallholders
and pastoralists (LESP-SLSP)
Khartoum-Sudan, 5-6 February 2019
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Support to the Livestock sector is a high priority for the European Union. Livestock is a key sector of Sudan's economy. We all know that epidemiological surveillance plays a key role for the production of and export of livestock. In this regard, I am delighted to see so many distinguished veterinary experts attending this "Inception workshop of Livestock Epidemio-Surveillance LESP" workshop here in Khartoum.
The workshop will allow us to jointly announce the start-up of the project and to agree on the implementation modalities promoting coordination between all partners.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ministry of Animal Resources for the organisation of the workshop.
Livestock is the largest subsector of the Sudanese domestic economy and is a growing contributor to exports. Live animals are now the one of the largest non-oil export sector in Sudan; the traditional links with Arab countries guarantee Sudan a market in the Red Sea and the Gulf area, but also in Egypt with which exports doubled last year.
EU has been the single major supporter to the development of the livestock sector in Sudan. We have been doing this mainly through funding support to the Pan-African Control of Epizootics "PACE" project (2003-2006), the Livestock Epidemio-Surveillance programme (2007-2012), and the Livestock epidemio-surveillance project in East Sudan (2015-2017), for a total amount exceeding 13 million Euro.
As a result, the number of cattle exported increased from less than 4 million to more than 6 million in the last eight years.
The project responds to the intervention priorities of the EU Short Term Strategy 2016/17 in favor of the people of the Republic of Sudan. The objective of the project is to support the trade and export of livestock. This will help to increase the incomes and the resilience of vulnerable smallholders and pastoralists in the states benefitting from the project Gedaref, Kassala Sennar, Blue Nile, White Nile, North, South and West Kordofan.
The project will be implemented in South-Eastern Sudan, and will benefit approximately 500,000 vulnerable rural smallholders and pastoralists who depend on livestock production for their subsistence.
Total cost of the Livestock Epidemio-Surveillance Project to Support Livelihoods of vulnerable rural smallholders and pastoralists is EUR 9,000,000. The duration of the programme is 48 months.
With this project we are building on the achievements and lessons learnt from the EU-funded projects in support of trans-boundary animal disease control in Sudan during the period from 2003 to 2017. A final evaluation of these projects showed that the control and eradication of a trans-boundary animal disease is possible. It requires sustained funding and the use of a coordinated and harmonized approach across the region.
The current action will rely on close collaboration between the veterinary authorities of South Eastern regions and possibly with the authorities in South Sudan and Ethiopia. It will consolidate the achievements made from national to state and locality levels, in particular to reinforce diagnostic and disease reporting capacities at grassroots levels to directly benefit poor smallholder livestock producers.
The project will provide infrastructure, hardware and software to monitor animal movements along the main passageways for exportation of livestock across inter-state and international borders. It will develop the competences and confidence of communities to establish functional coordination mechanism for of epidemio-surveillance of trade-sensitive livestock diseases at national and sub-regional levels.
I wish you all a fruitful meeting.