Institutions and policies to implement the Ethiopia livestock master plan
This International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) research brief (PDF) identifies institutional and policy issues in the Ethiopian livestock sector. While national policies do exist there is a lack of enforcement capacity and need for updates. Despite significant progress in increasing livestock production in Ethiopia, analysis of livestock production and consumption show a huge shortfall in the supply of livestock products. Detailed interdisciplinary research provides clear empirical evidence of the potential benefits of a comprehensive livestock master plan (LMP) for Ethiopia. Without investment, these gaps are likely to grow and cause food insecurity and other important economic and social repercussions. The brief identifies four institutional and policy issues for attention: 1) The availability and provision of land for livestock production and processing; 2) Research on secondary production, like processing and food manufacturing; 3) Enhanced capacity in the Ethiopia Livestock State Ministry to undertake the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of new investments, and policy and institutional changes; and 4) Strengthening of targeted policies and practices in the area of animal health, and the dairy, poultry, hides and skins, live animal and meat sectors, breed improvement, and in pastoral and agro-pastoral areas.