Pastoralism in West Africa: PREDIP revisits its activities

The Regional Dialogue and Investment Project for Pastoralism and Transhumance (PREDIP), which operates in eight West African countries, is organizing a technical workshop with its partners from 18 to 21 June 2019 in Ouagadougou . Objective, to revisit and put in coherence the logical frameworks of the operational components of the project.

The technical workshop of the Pastoralism and Transhumance Dialogue and Investment Project (PREDIP) aims to find lasting solutions to the exploitation constraints encountered in pastoralism and transhumance in West Africa. This, given the importance of the sector in the selected countries. 25 million people have made it a source of employment.

To this end, the experts of the partner consortium will have to work on the following components: the establishment of a regional pastoral information service; strengthening dialogue and governance in the area of transhumance; the creation and sustainable management of cross-border pastoral infrastructure and development and the establishment of an epidemiological surveillance, prevention and management of cross-border diseases.

Improving the livestock-meat sector for peaceful pastoralism

In 2016, the revenues generated in the field of pastoralism amounted to more than 500 billion CFA francs in West Africa. The livestock-meat sector is the main integration sector in the sub-region. And in the opinion of Arnaud François, head of Africa projects at Acting for life, “it is thanks to investment in this sector that we will one day stop talking about conflicts and that we will have more fiscal resources that will allow everyone to live in a peaceful way“

The PREDIP is implemented under the Regional Coordination of the Permanent Interstate Committee to Combat Drought in the Sahel (CILSS) in eight countries, namely Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria and Benin. It is funded by the European Union. The project components are executed by different partners.

Mariam Ouédraogo