GDCA holds workshop to educate stakeholders on project

By Rashid Mbugri, GNA

Tamale, Feb. 09, GNA – The Ghana Developing
Communities Association (GDCA), an NGO based in Tamale, has held a day’s
workshop to educate stakeholders on a Project to Support Livestock Mobility for
Better Access to Resources and Markets in West Africa (PAMOBARMA).

The PAMOBARMA project’s main objective is to
protect the mobility of the herds and their access to pastoral resources and
markets.

The European Union and the French Development
Organisation jointly funded the project with an amount of 592,021.24 Euros for
a period of 50 months.

The workshop, held in Tamale, was attended by
some representatives from the Northern Regional Co-Coordinating Council,
representatives of some Municipal and District Chief Executives,
representatives from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Veterinary Services,
Security Services, Traditional authorities, members from the Fulani community
among others.

The project is also the second phase of a
project known as Strengthening the Resilience of Agro-Pastoral Systems in West
Africa (PARSAO) implemented in 2015 by the GDCA and a French partner, Acting
for Life (AFL).

The PARSAO project was also aimed at improving
the socio-economic development of the livestock sector throughout the ECOWAS
Sub-Region.

Dr Osman Al-hassan, Chair of the GDCA said for
some decades, livestock production system had been affected by economic and
institutional changes in the West African region, thereby affecting
transhumance activities.

He said the ECOWAS regional integration
policies on the free trans-border movements, harassment and restrictions were
still imposed on transhumance.

Dr Al-hassan said it was therefore necessary
to launch the PAMOBARMA project since it would help address some of the challenges
of livestock production by developing livestock infrastructures such as
livestock markets, loading platforms, movement corridors as well as support
local authorities to harness the potentials within the livestock sector in
their administrative areas.

He, therefore, called on all stakeholders to
give their unflinching support to help achieve the project’s goals to enhance
job creation and promote peaceful co-existence within communities.

Mr Lukman Yussif, the Project Manager of PAMOBARMA,
in a presentation said during the first phase of the PARSAO project, Bawku,
Pusiga, Tamale, Buipe, and Gushegu were the areas that the project concentrated
on in terms of monitoring livestock markets.

He said GDCA also created a platform in the
Gushegu municipality and the Karaga district for herders, crop farmers,
traditional authorities, opinion leaders and media to educate and promote
understanding of their roles in creating peace and co-existence with
transhumance.

He also said livestock data monitoring items
were put in place to collect data from the livestock markets in some of the
districts in the northern region and the Upper East region, which would help
local authorities generate revenue from this market for development.

Mr Yussif said the specific objectives of
PAMOBARMA project were to prepare conditions for access to natural resources
and mobility of herds by strengthening the capabilities of key actors at the
cross-border level, improving the living conditions of Agro-pastoral population
by providing livestock corridors, access to veterinary services and to
consolidate cross-border mobility of herders by enhancing cooperation at the
regional authority levels.

He said it was therefore significant that
decentralized authorities and Civil Society Organisations teamed up with GDCA
to help consolidate the gains made in the first phase of the PARSAO project
implementation to make the PAMOBARMA project a success.

He also urged the decentralized institutions
to take up project activities and integrate them in their development agenda
and comprehensive plan on transhumance management to help maximize the economic
benefits of transhumance.

GNA

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