Re-thinking Strategy on Animal Health, Markets and Policy (ReSAHMaP) in Pastoralist Areas of East Africa.
CABE sucessfully implemented the ReSAHMaP project which was about enhancing the capacity of pastoral communities to participate in policy processes for Food Security in Pastoralist Areas of East Africa. This project was funded by the Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA) and focused on supporting learning by interaction to strengthen livestock policy and practice in Turkana County, in Kenya. The project’s aim was to enhance the capacity of pastoral communities to influence decision making with respect to climate change, animal health, livestock markets and policy for improved livelihoods and food security. The objectives of this project were to:
- Build the capacity of pastoral communities on animal health, trade and policy, by engaging a local capacity building field assistant;
- Document existing climate-smart pastoral practices, innovations in disease surveillance and management and innovative livestock marketing and trading initiatives to facilitate learning, and to inform policy and practice;
- Establish avenues for county-level policy debates and dialogues on animal health, trade, climate-smart pastoralism, food security and livelihood; and
- Review, create awareness and advocacy for supportive policies at the county, national and regional levels.
The primary beneficiaries of this project were nomadic and sedentary pastoralists in Turkana County who benefited from improved awareness and utilization of innovative delivery of veterinary services; and access and use of livestock marketing and trading information and opportunities. The project also envisioned on raising voices of pastoralists through awareness creation and policy advocacy.
Relevant stakeholders were identified and participated in meetings to establish the relevance of the project and an early buy-in. Pastoral communities and government staff were also engaged in focus group discussions to establish innovations, capacity needs, priority needs and trigger engagements with responsible actors for supportive policies and their engagement. Through key informant discussions, the project team was able to identify influencers in the county’s policy debate for engagement in dissemination, identifying political opportunities/policy moments in the devolved government structure and also networking to anchor the project in the county-development circles.
A number of avenues for policy debates and dialogues on the three thematic areas were identified and plans were concretized for engagements. Review of policy on the thematic areas was undertaken, identifying gaps and opportunities; to be shared through policy briefs.