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National Feed Security System: what it entails and making it operational in East Africa

National Feed Security System: what it entails and making it operational in East Africa
Apr 2020

Seasonal feed shortages and inefficient feed use by pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities are the major challenges affecting livestock productivity in East African countries. Studies have shown that early actions provide high returns on investment. However, early actions can only be taken with sound and timely information. A National Animal Feed Security System that monitors animal feed and water availability can play a vital role in alerting decision makers of the right time to implement early actions. It would also enhance efficiency of livestock production and make the livestock sector more resilient. A National Animal Feed Security System is a complete set of an array of components, namely tools, and of procedures, facilities, skills, infrastructure, personnel, organizations, and institutions required to implement them. 

This article illustrates the components of such a system and the manner in which FAO and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) intend to operationalize it in East African countries.

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