The Regional Dialogue and Investment Project for Pastoralism and Transhumance in the Sahel and the Coastal Countries of West Africa (PREDIP) was designed as part of the implementation of the European Union’s West Africa Regional Indicative Programme 2014-2020, Priority Area 3: Resilience, food and nutrition security and natural resources.
The project was selected as “Support to pastoralism and transhumance through support to knowledge, the establishment of a monitoring and advocacy platform on pastoralism, the development of the livestock and meat value chain, support for cross-border epidemiological surveillance and cooperation on animal diseases which are dangerous and/or have an impact on human health”. This project is consistent with the ECOWAS agricultural policy and contributes to the achievement of the Livestock Development Strategy (LiDeSa) of the African Union and the EU Action Plan on Migration and included in the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. It links the two major groups of West Africa through a system of pastoral production integrating the Sahelian countries, which are the departure areas and the coastal countries, the reception areas for transhumant herds.
- Improve the management of information and knowledge in pastoralism and transhumance
- Facilitate a peaceful cross-border transhumance and improve nutrition
- Secure herd mobility and access to pastoral resources and markets
- Control transboundary animal diseases having an impact on human and animal health.
- Component 1: Setting up of a Regional Pastoralism and Transhumance Information Service, managed by CILSS / AGRHYMET
- Component 2: Strengthening of Dialogue and Governance of Cross-border Transhumance, managed by CARE Denmark
- Component 3: Cross-border Pastoral Infrastructure and Facilities Development, managed by Acting for Life
- Component 4: Epidemiological Surveillance, Prevention and Management of Priority Transboundary Diseases, managed by the Regional Animal Health Centre (RAHC) whose activities have not yet started
- Component 5: Overall Project Coordination, managed by the Regional Coordination Unit within the CILSS Executive Secretariat, which coordinates all project components.
PREDIP comes to provide solutions to pastoralism and transhumance, through the following intervention logic:
- strengthen and enhance the role of each type of actor in a lasting manner by entrusting it with appropriate responsibility and resources integrated into a coherent regional economy;
- develop complementary and interactive critical areas (information, consultation, investment, public health) which converge towards the competitiveness of value chains, employment, income and social peace;
- from the cross-border and regional scale to to stimulate and coordinate the development of the sector at the scale of each country;
- to associate around concrete and motivating issues different actors and often with apparently divergent interests to lead to consensual and win-win decisions and;
- to follow around these issues the cyclical sequence of information-training-negotiation-action-evaluation.
PREDIP was designed taking maximum account of recent, ongoing and planned interventions, so as to provide the greatest possible support, consistency and synergy to this cross-border farming method, complex and fragile but very promising. It is mainly defined and will have to be operated in good coordination with multi-country programs such as:
- PRIDEC, Regional Program for Investments and Development of Livestock in Coastal Countries, of which it covers a large part of the component. Regional
- PRAPS, Regional Support Project for Pastoralism in the Sahel
- PEPISAO, Integrated and Secure Livestock and Pastoralism Project in West Africa
- PACBAO, Livestock and Meat Marketing Project in Africa
PREDIP thus contributes to creating the conditions for a sustainable and non-confrontational exploitation of pastoral resources in the cross-border areas shared by the Sahelian (Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger) and coastal (Ivory Coast) countries. , Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria).