Somalia registers record exports of 5 million livestock in 2014
©FAO/Believe Nyakudjara
29 April Nairobi/Mogadishu--- Somalia exported a record 5 million livestock to Gulf markets in 2014 thanks to heavy investments in animal disease prevention, according the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. This is the highest number of live animals exported from Somalia in the last 20 years. With the lift a 9-year ban on the import of livestock, the country is now in a position to strengthen its economy and the livelihoods of the millions of livestock owners throughout Somalia.

Rudi Van Aaken is a senior officer with FAO’s office for Somalia based in Nairobi, Kenya. In the following interview he elaborates more on the shift in the livestock sector and what that means for the industry and the country. (Interview conducted by Sandra Ferrari)
4min. 07sec.
Topic(s): Animals & livestock, Pests & diseases, Rural or agricultural development
Produced by: FAO
Reference: 11136