FAO FUNDED CONSULTANCY ON VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS ON LIVE ANIMALS, MEAT AND LIVESTOCLK PRODUCTS IN SOMALILAND (March-April 2011)
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Project Code: 
phpt002
Lead Researcher: 
Prof. Jackson Ombui

The University of Nairobi signed a consultancy agreement with FAO to undertake a livestock and meat value chain analysis on live animals, meat and livestock products in Somaliland in March/April 2011. The analysis aimed to understand factors that affect the development of a competitive Somaliland livestock and meat industry as well as identify areas of intervention to foster its development. The project was undertaken by staff from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Data was collected from primary sources through focus group discussions using key informants, stakeholder workshops, observations of livestock marketing infrastructure and activities, slaughter and meat marketing activities, as well as trade in hides and skins. Secondary data was collected through literature search and available reports on various livestock issues.  The study found out that Somaliland has organized livestock marketing and trading activities facilitated by organized livestock markets and elaborate quarantine stations that are based at the port of Berbera. However, livestock slaughter and marketing of meat faced a number of challenges that included inadequate infrastructure (Slaughterhouse and associated facilities and equipment), poor hygiene and lack of meat inspectors to carry out quality assurance of meat.

Sheep and goats for export at a quarantine station in Berbera

Sheep and goats for export at a quarantine station in Berbera

Livestock slaughter has a number of challenges including poor hygiene and lack of meat inspectors

Livestock slaughter has a number of challenges including poor hygiene and lack of meat inspectors